open prostatectomy

Definition / meaning of open prostatectomy

An operation to remove part or all of the prostate gland through an incision in the lower abdomen or perineum (the area between the anus and scrotum). An open prostatectomy may be done to remove an enlarged prostate gland in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or as a treatment for prostate cancer.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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