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Urol Clin North Am. 2001 Aug;28(3):639-53.

Intraoperative, perioperative, and long-term complications of radical prostatectomy.

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  • 1Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisio, California, USA.


With improved surgical technique and perioperative care, the intraoperative and early postoperative complications of radical prostatectomy have decreased over the last 2 decades. Incontinence and impotence are two of the most significant long-term complications related to this procedure. Although the wide range of incontinence and impotence rates reported has been attributed to multiple factors, including the method of data collection and patient selection, it is apparent that the surgeon's experience is a significant factor, and that lower long-term morbidity can be expected from centers with more experience with radical prostatectomies. The impact of long-term complications, including urinary and sexual dysfunction, on the quality of life may be less than previously reported and should be discussed with patients.

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