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A prostatectomy is a surgery to remove the prostate gland. The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It makes and stores the milky fluid that forms part of semen. The gland sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The tube that urine flows out through also runs through the prostate.
The procedure may be:
- Simple prostatectomy—removal of part of prostate
- Radical prostatectomy—removal of entire prostate and some surrounding tissue
Anatomy of the Prostate
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Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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