Retropubic Prostatectomy

Advantages and Disadvantages of Retropubic Prostatectomy

This approach has the longest history, although in the past few years it is becoming much less common as more are being done using the robot assisted approach. Compared to the other approaches, the retropubic approach appears to have some disadvantages. At this time there is no proof that any of the methods does a better job of controlling the cancer or affecting quality of life. The pros and cons of this approach are discussed in the accompanying video. (Reviewed May, 2012)