Users' questions

Why do you need a Nerve Sparing prostatectomy?

Why do you need a Nerve Sparing prostatectomy?

Nerve sparing prostatectomy. The aim of the surgery is to reduce the risk of having erection problems after your operation. The surgeon cuts the prostate tissue away from the nerve bundles without damaging them. They will have to remove the nerve bundles if your cancer is growing close to the nerves or into them.

What happens to the nerves after a radical prostatectomy?

Nerves can still suffer trauma and minor damage during a radical prostatectomy, even if they were preserved. They need to be delicately separated from the prostate itself which is to be removed, and that does involve bringing them into contact with surgical tools which can leave them stretched, bruised and swollen.

Do you have to remove the prostate gland?

Your surgeon cuts the prostate tissue away from the nerve bundles without damaging them. If your cancer is growing close to the nerves, they’ll have to remove them. This is because your cancer won’t be cured if the surgeon leaves cancer behind whilst trying to spare the nerves.

Is it necessary to have a radical prostatectomy?

The aim of a radical prostatectomy operation is to cure prostate cancer. It is major surgery with some possible side effects. If you’re an older man with a slow growing prostate cancer, this type of surgery may not be necessary for you.

Can a Nerve-Sparing prostatectomy be used for prostate cancer?

Robotic Nerve-Sparing Radical Prostatectomy For patients with clinically localized prostate cancer, nerve-sparing robotic prostatectomy provides patients with a safe and minimally invasive technique for removal of the prostate gland, while preserving as much of the surrounding nerve structures responsible for penile erections.

Nerves can still suffer trauma and minor damage during a radical prostatectomy, even if they were preserved. They need to be delicately separated from the prostate itself which is to be removed, and that does involve bringing them into contact with surgical tools which can leave them stretched, bruised and swollen.

How to restore erectile function after prostate surgery?

The men in the study underwent either bilateral (saving the potency nerves on both sides of the prostate) or unilateral nerve sparing (preserving only one of the nerves).

Can you ejaculate after a radical prostatectomy?

Removing the prostate eliminates the ability to ejaculate during sex. The seminal vesicles make up about 60% of ejaculate volume, while the prostate makes up most of the rest. A surgeon will remove both the prostate and the seminal vesicles during radical prostatectomy