Open Surgery

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Increases Patient Confidence in Prostate Cancer Treatment

UH Seidman Cancer Center and the Urologic Oncology Center offer a myriad of treatment options for patients facing a prostate cancer diagnosis. Our multidisciplinary team of health care professionals understands that each patient is unique and deserves personalized care and treatment.

The UH physician will closely collaborate with each patient to make the appropriate treatment recommendations and decisions, depending on the individual's stage of cancer, overall medical condition, age and lifestyle.

Open Surgery at UH Seidman Cancer Center

Traditional, or open surgery, for prostate cancer involves the removal of the prostate and surrounding pelvic lymph nodes via an incision made between the patient's navel and pubic bone. This highly effective procedure, often called a radical retropubic prostatectomy or simply a prostatectomy, is used to completely remove prostate cancer while preserving the surrounding unaffected tissue.

Our physicians commonly perform this procedure with a great amount of focus on the preservation of the nerves and blood vessels that control urination and sexual function. UH Seidman Cancer Center physicians will address any questions related to long-term urinary or sexual health prior to and following the surgical procedure.

UH doctors tailor each surgical procedure to fit a patient's specific health situation. The best candidates for open surgery are men with:

  • Localized tumors
  • A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level of 10 or less
  • A Gleason score of seven or less
  • No prior use of erectile dysfunction medications

The radical retropubic prostatectomy procedure takes an estimated two to four hours to complete and requires an inpatient hospital stay. To help educate patients regarding the open surgery process, we offer more information on presurgical prostate cancer treatment.

Additional Therapies

Following surgery, the UH Seidman Cancer Center pathologist will assess the patient's prostate tissue and pelvic lymph nodes, allowing for greater accuracy of prostate cancer staging. This information can help the physician determine the prognosis of the patient and make recommendations for chemotherapy or hormone therapy.

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