Surgical Anatomy of the Prostate

  • Arnauld VillersEmail author
  • Jochen Walz


This chapter on prostate surgical anatomy for radical prostatectomy describes anatomic points and practical surgical options of fascial dissection. Clear understanding of the periprostatic fascia helps in identifying the correct planes of surgical dissection and in communication between surgeons. Results are related to the identification of the multilayered prostatic fascia (PF), which permits definition of dissection planes for complete oncologic excision of the prostate and preservation of both the external urinary sphincter responsible for urinary continence and the autonomic nerves responsible for erectile function and urinary control.


Prostate Prostate cancer Anatomy Neurovascular bundle Sphincter Radical prostatectomy Erectile dysfunction Urinary incontinence Urethra 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyCHU Lille, Univ Lille Nord de FranceLilleFrance
  2. 2.Department of UrologyInstitut Paoli-Calmettes Cancer CentreMarseilleFrance

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