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Common Questions: The Procedure

Does laparoscopic radical prostatectomy remove the whole prostate?

Yes. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy removes the prostate, seminal vesicles, ends of the vas deferens, and, depending on oncological considerations, nerve bundles and/or pelvic lymph nodes.

In the photo, a single specimen consisting of the prostate, seminal vesicles, and vas deferens has been placed in a plastic sac for extraction through an incision below the umbilicus; a pelvic drainage tube has been positioned and is visible in the background. Patients are often amazed that such specimens can be extracted through the incisions used. Yet the extraction, in which a rubbery object slips through an elastic portal, mechanically resembles the extraction of a baby through a vagina. It takes some coaxing and the occasional extension, but specimen extraction is simple and straightforward.

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