Published: Sept. 2, 2011
Updated: Sept. 2, 2011
A radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) is done through a a small incision in the lower abdomen in the midline above the penis and well below the belly button. It involves the removal of the prostate and the seminal vesicles.
In most cases, the RRP will be a 'nerve-sparing' technique, where the pelvic nerves that control penile sexual erections can be preserved or spared. Modern surgical techniques rarely cause a permanent problem with urinary incontinence.
The experience of the surgeon is critical for RRP.
The brochure below is aimed at helping you understand your surgery, what will happen in the hospital, and what you can expect when you go home.
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy (RRP) Patient Guide (PDF, 316 KB)
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