Management of the complications of radical prostatectomy

Curr Urol Rep. 2007 May;8(3):197-202. doi: 10.1007/s11934-007-0006-8.


Over the past several years, the morbidity associated with radical prostatectomy has improved due to advances in surgical technique, better understanding of male pelvic anatomy, and improved perioperative care. Despite these advances, patients are still at risk for several complications both intraoperatively and in the postoperative course. These risks include significant blood loss, rectal injury, ureteral injury, thromboembolic events, urinary incontinence, impotence, and a perioperative death rate of less than 1%. These risks should be reviewed and discussed before treating the patient with prostate cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Prostatectomy / adverse effects*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome