Glossary Term:

Title

radical perineal prostatectomy

Phonetic

<b>rad</b>-ick-uhl <b>pair</b>-uh-<b>NEE</b>-ul <b>pros</b>-tuh-<b>TECK</b>-tuh-me

Description

surgery to remove the prostate through the perineum (skin behind the testicles). It is used less often, in part because this approach makes it harder for the surgeon to spare the nerves that control erections. See also neurovascular bundles, nerve-sparing prostatectomy, perineum, prostate, radical prostatectomy, retropubic prostatectomy, testicles.