Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy

The removal of the prostate by keyhole surgery is known as a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP). It is considerably less invasive than open surgery, has less blood loss and less post-operative pain. It has been used  in the UK since 2000. The surgeon will first inflate the abdomen with gas in order to reduce blood loss and to gain a clear view of the area of the operation with a special camera, the image being transmitted to a video screen. Four or five small incisions will be made in the lower abdomen,  and the prostate and seminal vesicles will be removed through an incision below the navel. At the hands of an experienced surgeon, the operation typically takes only a little longer than for open surgery.