Management of the dorsal vein complex during radical retropubic prostatectomy

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An understanding of the prostatic dorsal venous anatomy allows dissection of the prostatic apex in a manner that results in minimal bleeding while preserving the rhabdosphincter, urethra, and neurovascular bundles during radical retropubic prostatectomy. This article reviews the pertinent venous anatomy of the prostatic apex. A surgical technique is described that allows secure venous control and that has resulted in consistently low blood loss and an allogeneic transfusion rate of less than 1% of patients. Copyright (C) 2000 by W.B. Saunders Company.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Urologic Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 13 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood loss
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Transfusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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