How Long Will I Be In The Hospital Following My Radical Laparoscopic, Perineal or Retropubic Prostatectomy?

Dr. Khurshid Guru answers the question: 'Hospital Stay After Prostatectomy?'

March 16, 2009 -- Question: How long will I be in the hospital following my radical laparoscopic, perineal, or retropubic prostatectomy?

Answer: For anyone who's getting a radical prostatectomy, the different approaches are radical retropubic, radical perineal and radical retropubic could be laparoscopic open or robotic. If you have a radical retropubic prostatectomy via open approach, the average hospital stay can range now-a-days in good centers of excellence from two to four days.

Meanwhile, if you have a laparoscopic or a robot assisted radical prostatectomy average stay is one night and the patient goes home next day. This is a case in which there are no complications and patients go through a normal regular course.

Meanwhile a radical perineal prostatectomy also goes home within one to two days. So if you look at all of them together, it's between one day to three days.