Laparoscopic approaches use several smaller incisions and special surgical tools to remove the prostate. This can be done with the surgeon either holding the tools directly, or using a control panel to precisely move robotic arms that hold the tools.
Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
For a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy(LRP), the surgeon makes several small incisions, through which special long instruments are inserted to remove the prostate. One of the instruments has a small video camera on the end, which lets the surgeon see inside the abdomen.
Laparoscopic prostatectomy is minimally invasive and has advantages over open radical prostatectomy, including less blood loss and pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times although a catheter to drain the bladder will be needed for about the same amount of time.