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Semin Urol Oncol. 2000 Feb;18(1):33-7.

Management of the dorsal vein complex during radical retropubic prostatectomy.

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  • Department of Urology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA.


An understanding of the prostatic dorsal venous anatomy allows dissection of the prostatic apex in a manner that results in minimal bleeding while preserving the rhabdosphincter, urethra, and neurovascular bundles during radical retropubic prostatectomy. This article reviews the pertinent venous anatomy of the prostatic apex. A surgical technique is described that allows secure venous control and that has resulted in consistently low blood loss and an allogeneic transfusion rate of less than 1% of patients.

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