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Surgery for prostate cancer

There are different types of surgery for prostate cancer. 

You might have an operation to remove your prostate gland (radical prostatectomy) to try to cure your cancer. This can be done during an open surgery or by using a robotic system (also called Da Vinci surgery). 

If your prostate cancer is pressing on the tube that carries wee (urine) from the bladder, your doctor might suggest that you have an operation to remove some of the prostate. This is called trans urethral resection of the prostate (TURP). It won't cure your cancer but can help you pass urine more easily and make you feel better.

Your doctor might also suggest that you have an operation to remove your testicles and stop you from making the hormone testosterone. This is called orchidectomy and is a type of hormone therapy. 

Surgery to remove your prostate gland

Surgery to remove your prostate gland is called radical prostatectomy. Find out about how you have it. 

Robotic surgery to remove your prostate gland

Your surgeon might use a robotic system to help them remove your prostate gland. This is also called da Vinci surgery. 

Surgery to remove the inner part of the prostate gland (TURP)

Prostate cancer can sometimes press on the tube that carries urine from the bladder. You can have an operation to remove part of the cancer and help you pass urine more easily.

Surgery to remove your testicles (orchidectomy)

Removing the testicles stop your body from making the hormone testosterone. It is a type of hormone therapy. 

Before your operation

Before your operation, you have tests to check your fitness and you meet members of your treatment team. 

On the day

Find out what happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.

After surgery

Find out how you’ll feel after your surgery, possible problems after surgery and your follow up appointments.

Problems after surgery

Find out about the possible complications after your surgery for prostate cancer.

Last reviewed: 
17 Jun 2019

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