Common Questions: The Procedure
Does laparoscopic radical prostatectomy require general anesthesia?
Yes. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a major operation and would be unbearable without anesthesia. During a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, the operating table is positioned such that the patient's head is lower than his feet. Also, the patient's abdomen is filled with CO2 to a pressure of 15 mm Hg. Under such conditions, a sedated patient cannot breathe on his own. For these reasons, laparoscopic prostate cancer surgery requires general anesthesia with full intubation.