Surgery for Prostate Cancer at Washington Township Medical Foundation
Radical prostatectomy is a treatment option for men who have prostate cancer
and are under the age of 70. This is the most commonly used treatment
for men who have prostate cancer in the United States. Nerve-sparing radical
prostatectomy is the preferred treatment option for patients under 70
who have cancer that is confined to the prostate and is in its early stages.
In this procedure, your surgeon attempts to protect the nerves surrounding
the prostate in this procedure in order to avoid complications such as
incontinence or erectile dysfunction. Your doctor at Washington Township
Medical Foundation can tell you more about these procedures and answer
any questions you might have.
Preserving Urinary & Erectile Function
In many traditional procedures removing the prostate, side effects may
include damage to the nerves that control erectile function, as these
nerves run directly adjacent to the prostate. This means that damage to
the patient's urinary and erectile function can occur. In a nerve-sparing
radical prostatectomy procedure, the urologist attempts to protect these
nerves from sustaining damage.
There are two primary goals attached to the nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy
- Removing the cancer
- Preserving urinary function and erectile function