Open Radical Prostatectomy

Until the last few years, an open radical prostatectomy was the most common method to remove the prostate gland. It is a major operation which requires 3–6 days in hospital and several weeks of recovery time. The operation takes about 2–21⁄2 hours. The surgeon will make a cut in the lower abdomen to remove the prostate. The catheter is removed after about two weeks. The wound will take 4–6 weeks to heal completely and the scar will fade and shrink over time. Driving can normally be resumed after 4–6 weeks.