pros·​ta·​tec·​to·​my | \ ˌprä-stə-ˈtek-tə-mē How to pronounce prostatectomy (audio) \
plural prostatectomies

Definition of prostatectomy

: surgical removal or resection of the prostate gland

Examples of prostatectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Schaeffer performed a radical prostatectomy to remove Ford’s entire prostate gland. Melba Newsome, Scientific American, 12 Nov. 2021 Black men were significantly less likely than white men to have a prostatectomy. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 22 July 2021 Options for treatments include a robotic prostatectomy, which Libby said can be a better solution for younger men who develop prostate cancer. Jeff Forward, Chron, 12 Nov. 2020 From radiation seed therapy and external radiation therapy to a radical prostatectomy and pioneering new techniques such as the AuroLase Therapy. Jeff Forward, Chron, 12 Nov. 2020 Advocates of robotically assisted prostatectomy argue that the procedure brings a number of advantages. WSJ, 24 June 2018 Largely because of aggressive marketing, most prostatectomies are performed robotically. WSJ, 24 June 2018 Simply put, robotic prostatectomy advocates rely on studies with poor methodologies. WSJ, 24 June 2018 Glenford Turner, 61, underwent a radical prostatectomy in 2013 — performed by a trainee surgeon — at VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven Campus, the lawsuit stated. People Staff,, 24 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of prostatectomy

1880, in the meaning defined above

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pros·​ta·​tec·​to·​my | \ ˌpräs-tə-ˈtek-tə-mē How to pronounce prostatectomy (audio) \
plural prostatectomies

Medical Definition of prostatectomy

: surgical removal or resection of the prostate gland


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