Common Questions: The Procedure
Does laparoscopic radical prostatectomy remove the whole prostate?
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.