'Currently, radical prostatectomy is the only treatment for localised prostate cancer that has shown a cancer-specific survival benefit...in a prospective, randomized trial.'
European Association of Urologists Guidelines on Prostate Cancer, 2008.
The medical literature demonstrates a strong link between surgeon caseload and outcome after radical prostatectomy. In the bar chart below taken from the British Association of Urological Surgeons operations database analysis, I am consultant #71.
My latest results
Potency rates in 500 men having bilateral nerve-sparing laparoscopic radical prostatectomy were 100.0%, 91.8%, 82.9%, and 60.0% for men in their 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s and the overall continence rate was 97.4% at 13.5 months. The complication and recurrence rates were 4.2% & 1.2%, respectively
(Eden et al., J Endourol 2011;25:815-819).
Laparoscopy is a technique of performing a surgical operation using instruments inserted through narrow hollow tubes ('ports') rather than through a larger incision, as in traditional surgery. The result is shorter hospitalisation and convalescence, less bleeding and post-operative pain and fewer wound complications.
|Ports placed for laparoscopic
|Incision for traditional
Although laparoscopy is a type of keyhole surgery, the view obtained is much better than looking through a keyhole. Modern equipment produces a wide, bright, clear and magnified view of the operation. The gas used to distend the abdomen during laparoscopy also greatly reduces bleeding during surgery.