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The Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy
(or the nerve-sparing RRP)

Illustration 4 of 8
from Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer
by Patrick C. Walsh, M.D., and Janet Farrar Worthington


Figure 4 of the nerve-sparing radical retropubic prostatectomy RRP technicque of Dr. Patrick Walsh

FIG. 8.4 The Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy (Continued)
The surgeon is now cutting the urethra, which runs through the prostate. This is another delicate procedure: Cutting the urethra too close to the prostate might mean some cancer is left behind; but cutting it too far from the prostate might mean damaging the urethral sphincter, which helps control urine. With great care, the prostate is separated from all the tissue and blood vessels that are connected to it.

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