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

Illustration 6 of 8
from Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer
by Patrick C. Walsh, M.D., and Janet Farrar Worthington


first half of Figure 6 of the nerve-sparing radical retropubic prostatectomy RRP technicque of Dr. Patrick Walsh

FIG. 8.6 The Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy (Continued)
If it is not possible to preserve these nerve bundles - if they have been reached by cancer - then the surgeon removes them along with the prostate. This is called "wide excision." The surgeon cuts out as much tissue as possible surrounding the prostate in an aggressive attempt to get every last bit of cancer.

[The following was part of the illustration but separated and moved down to preserve size and clarity.]
second half of Figure 6 of the nerve-sparing radical retropubic prostatectomy RRP technicque of Dr. Patrick Walsh


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