Optimizing radical prostatectomy for the early recovery of urinary continence

Harveer S. Dev, Prasanna Sooriakumaran, Abhishek Srivastava, Ashutosh K. Tewari

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Radical prostatectomy remains the gold-standard treatment for clinically localized prostate cancer. Although cancer control is the primary goal, secondary outcomes such as continence recovery are of great importance to patients. Thus, it is a challenge for prostate cancer surgeons to optimize continence outcomes without compromising oncologic results. Many high-volume surgeons have demonstrated excellent long-term continence rates in their patients, but early continence is variable and less than ideal even in expert hands. A plethora of individual technical maneuvers exist to optimize early recovery of continence, but as yet there is no composite technique that incorporates the relevant anatomic principles of minimizing damage to the urinary sphincters and their nerves, maximizing functional urethral length, creating a secure and watertight vesicourethral anastomosis, providing circumferential fascioligamentous support to the anastomosis and external sphincter, and ameliorating postoperative bladder descent. Our ten-step approach to collating these individual maneuvers into a unified technique could be used by surgeons to obtain the best possible early recovery of urinary control for their patients, without risking their oncologic outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-195
Number of pages7
JournalNature Reviews Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


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