Open radical prostatectomy is a surgical option for prostate cancer in which the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it are removed through traditional surgery. This is occasionally needed if men are not suitable candidates for laparoscopic or robot-assisted prostatectomy. Washington University urologists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital helped pioneer the current technique in the 1980s and perform a high volume of open prostatectomies. They have a long track record of excellent results working with other specialists at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Washington University urologists perform the surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Christian Northeast Hospital.
More information on prostate cancer treatment at Siteman Cancer Center.