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Glossary: perineal prostatectomy, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

perineal prostatectomy

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

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

Two panel drawing showing two ways  of doing a  radical prostatectomy;  in the first panel, dotted line shows where incision is made through the wall of the abdomen for a retropubic prostatectomy;  in the second panel, dotted line shows where incision is made in area between the scrotum and the anus for a perineal prostatectomy.

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.

2006-10-02