perineal prostatectomy

Pronunciation: (PAYR-ih-NEE-ul PROS-tuh-TEK-toh-mee)

Surgery to remove the prostate through an incision made between the scrotum and the anus.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Two types of radical prostatectomy. In a retropubic prostatectomy, the prostate is removed through an incision in the wall of the abdomen. In a perineal prostatectomy, the prostate is removed through an incision in the area between the scrotum and the anus.

Date last modified: 2006-10-02