Salvage radical prostatectomy

Reza Nabavizadeh, R. Jeffrey Karnes

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Purpose of reviewSalvage radical prostatectomy (sRP) is underutilized because of fear of historical high rates of peri-operative morbidities. However, there has been significant improvements in complication rates as well as oncologic outcomes in the recent years.Recent findingsComplication rates have significantly declined for both open and robotic approach in the past decade. Rectal injury is now reported around 2%, which is down from 30% in the historic series. Similarly, the current risk of major vascular injury is low. About 75% of patients report social continence (up to one pad per day). However, erectile function recovery remains poor and patients should be counselled accordingly. Long-term durable oncologic response is achievable with 10-year recurrence-free survival reported in about 40-50% of well selected patients.SummaryRecent improvements in oncologic and peri-operative outcomes make sRP a desirable option for local control. sRP treats the whole gland as opposed to focal therapies and allows for pelvic lymph node dissection and removal of seminal vesicles, which can be sanctuary site of disease. In experienced hands, regardless of the surgical approach, sRP can achieve a durable response resulting in delaying or avoiding androgen deprivation therapy and its associated morbidities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-167
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Urology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2023


  • oncologic outcomes
  • postradiation prostatectomy
  • salvage prostatectomy
  • surgical complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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