Radical laparoscopic prostatectomy

Definition of radical laparoscopic prostatectomy

radical laparoscopic prostatectomy

(RA-dih-kul LA-puh-ruh-SKAH-pik PROS-tuh-TEK-toh-mee)
Surgery to remove all of the prostate with the aid of a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease. During a radical laparoscopic prostatectomy, several small incisions (cuts) are made in the wall of the lower abdomen. The laparoscope is inserted through one opening to guide the surgery. Surgical instruments are inserted through the other openings to remove the prostate. An attempt is made to protect the nerves that control penile erection and the bladder from damage.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms