The aim of the surgery is to cure the cancer and reduce the risk of incontinency and impotence. Having performed over 4,000 open surgery cases to date, the most in the Southern Hemisphere, I have been able to refine this technique to ensure exceptional outcomes in terms of cure, continency and minimal complications. 

A nerve sparing technique, open surgery involves a 10 to 15 cm incision in the abdomen. Side effects at the time of operation are now very infrequent, with less than 2% major complications and the urinary incontinence rate at one year post surgery is 1.5%.

A final decision on whether or not to spare nerves is made at the time of surgery. When the layers surrounding and attached to the prostate become thickened and if after removal of the prostate there is concern that not all the cancer has been removed then the nerves are sacrificed. In my hands, more than 85% of all nerves are preserved.

In young men, 50% achieve normal sexual function after two years, whilst 80 to 90% achieve reasonable sexual function with or without Viagra after the same period.

Advantages of open surgery

The advantage of an open radical prostatectomy includes more detailed knowledge about the nature or pathology of the cancer and its extent. If the pathology findings indicate that the cancer has been completely removed, it offers peace of mind.

The cure, however, is a difficult concept in prostate cancer management because any residual cancer can take years to progress. There is still a risk of recurrence, even if the entire cancer appears to have been removed.

Key aspects

From diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and research, I believe my highly experienced team and I bring a multifaceted approach to understanding and helping our patients. A summary of these key aspects of that approach is available here in PDF format. If you are suffering from prostate cancer or have reason to believe you might be, you are welcome to contact us or, intially, complete our comprehensive second opinion form.