Radical Prostatectomy

Summary

If you have been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer and the cancer is confined to the prostate and has not spread to other areas, a radical prostatectomy is an effective way of curing this condition by removing the entire prostate gland and surrounding tissue.   The prostate gland produces part of the seamen and is found under the bladder.  

Your consultant will discuss the benefits and risks of a radical prostatectomy and any other alternative treatment options. 

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you. Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our sales advisors can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant. Call our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

There are several ways of carrying out this procedure.  At KIMS our consultants carry out this operation either using laparascopic surgery (keyhole radical prostatectomy) or open surgery (retropubic prostatectomy).

With keyhole surgery your consultant makes five or six small cuts in your stomach area and removes the prostate using a thin, lighted tube with a small camera on the tip and special surgical instruments.

With open surgery (retropubic prostatectomy) your consultant will make a single cut in your stomach area to reach the prostate.  Your hospital stay will be between two and five days

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and  can take approximately two to three hours.    A thin tube, called a catheter will be inserted to drain urine into a bag and is normally removed about two weeks after surgery.  A drain will also be inserted in your stomach area to drain fluid from the wound.  This is removed before you are discharged.  The tissue which has been removed will be sent to the laboratory for analysis

A radical prostatectomy is a common procedure and for most patients the advantages outweigh the disadvantages however, as with all surgery there can be complications.  The most common of these are:

Bleeding, requiring a blood transfusion
Urinary tract infection. The risk of infection is higher for the first few weeks. It’s important you complete your course of antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
Stress incontinence (when urine leaks because you coughed, sneezed or made a sudden movement).
Erectile dysfunction (impotence). It’s possible you may not be able to get or maintain an erection after treatment.
Further treatment may be required if the cancer tissue is not completely destroyed

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

 

Our Consultants

  • Mr John Donohue

    MB BCh FRCSI FRCS

    • Circumcision
    • Prostate Resection (TURP)
    • Radical Prostatectomy
    • TURBT (Trans-urethral Resection of Bladder Tumour)
    • Vasectomy
    • Vasectomy Reversal