Radical prostatectomy involves the surgical removal of the entire prostate gland and the seminal vesicles. Recently the open operation has been challenged by laparoscopic and robotic techniques. However, making the transition to this new technology is not an easy option. Avoiding surgical complications such as incontinence and ensuring continued erectile function following the procedure requires good surgical technique by whatever means. The editors and their distinguished team of contributors from around the world offer the reader their guidance based on personal experience and best surgical practice. Radical Prostatectomy is required reading for all those performing radical prostatectomy by open, laparoscopic or robotic techniques.
PART 1: Pre-Operative Considerations 1. Surgical anatomy of the prostate 2. Cadaveric anatomy of structures related to the prostate 3. Indications for radical prostatectomy 4. Clinical predictors of an organ confined prostate cancer 5. The role of imaging techniques in the staging of an organ confined disease PART 2: Technical Considerations 6. Anesthesiological care during and after radical prostatectomy 7. Lymphnode dissection PART 3: Open radical prostatectomy 8. The anatomical radical retropubic prostatectomy step by step 9. Nerve sparing radical prostatectomy 10. Nonnerve sparing radical prostatectomy 11. Nerve grafting 12. Management of intraoperative complications of radical prostatectomy 13. Radical perineal prostatectomy step by step PART 4: Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy 14. Laparoscopic radical reptropubic prostatectomy step by step: Transperitoneal technique 15. Laparoscopic radical reptropubic prostatectomy step by step: Extraperitoneal technique PART 5: Robotically-assisted radical prostatectomy 16. A transition from open to robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy: the Vanderbilt experience 17. Radical prostatectomy: Making the Transition from Open to Robotic Surgery: The London experience 18. Radical prostatectomy: Making the Transition from Open to Robotic Surgery: the University of Rochester experience PART 6: Post-operative considerations 19. Postoperative care of the patient 20. Assessment of radical prostatectomy specimens and pelvic lymph nodes 21. Rehabilitation of sexual function 22. Rehabilitation of continence 23. Oncological management after radical prostatectomy