Editorial Comment

  • Richard D. Williams
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 34)


Description of the cavernous nerves responsible for erectile potency and the subsequent development of a potency-sparing modification of radical retropubic prostatectomy by Walsh and co-workers is one of the true urologic surgical advances in the last decade. Corroboration of Walsh’s results has been described by several urologic surgeons including the fine depiction presented here by Dr. Cata-lona. I will discuss only those areas in which I approach the operation in a different manner.


Internal Iliac Artery Neurovascular Bundle Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Dorsal Vein Cavernous Nerve 
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  1. 1.
    Williams RD, Finkle AA: Sexual potency before and after radical prostatectomy. West J of Med 143: 474, Oct 1985Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Walsh PC, Mastwin JL: Radical prostatectomy and cystoprostatectomy with preservation of potency. Results using a nerve-sparing technique. Br J of Urol 56: 964, 1984Google Scholar

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