Prostatectomy Treatment in South Korea

Prostatectomy is the operation performed to remove the prostate gland along with its surrounding tissues.  

This generally involves the seminal vesicles plus some surrounding lymph nodes. The goal of this treatment is to treat prostate cancer but that is possible only if cancer has not spread further than the prostate.  

During Prostatectomy, the extracted prostate observed with a microscope to check whether prostate cancer reached the prostate’s edge or not. If it has reached the edges then it has probably spread further as well, and so additional treatments are required in this case.  

Ideal Candidate for Prostatectomy

Prostatectomy treatment is an ideal resolution for men below the age of 75 plus who have a life expectancy of at least a decade or more. These people can get the most out of the Prostatectomy. 

At first, the risk of cancer’s spread is confirmed with the help of the results of the PSA level and the biopsy report. For more detailed testing, CT scans, MRI scans, bone scans, and ultrasound can be performed. 

 If the test reveals that cancer has not spread further than the surgeon might recommend other treatment options which include hormone therapy or radiation therapy, etc.  

Factors affecting the cost of Prostatectomy

Similar to the cost of other surgical treatments for cancer, the prostatectomy cost also varies from patient to patient depending on the severity and spread of cancer. 

  • Stage of cancer
  • Size of the tumor
  • Multiple body scans
  • Hospital and amenities cost
  • Others, such as accommodation, traveling, etc.

Hence there is an estimated range for the cost which is from $10,100 to $135,000 in the United States.

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About the Prostatectomy

The prostate gland is present below the urinary bladder in men. It surrounds the urethra and produces fluid that helps in the movement of the semen. Prostatectomy is a surgery that involves total or partial removal of the prostate gland. It is commonly performed as a part of treatment for prostate cancer.

Types of Prostatectomy

Radical prostatectomy: This surgery involves the removal of the entire prostate gland along with the surrounding lymph nodes. The surgical techniques used to conduct radical prostatectomy include the following:

  • Robot-assisted surgery: In this technique, several small incisions are made in the lower abdomen to remove the prostate gland.
  • Open surgery: In this technique, an incision is made in the lower abdomen between the anus and scrotum to remove the prostate gland.
  • Laparoscopic: In this technique, special surgical tools are inserted in the lower abdomen to remove the prostate gland.

Open simple prostatectomy: This surgical procedure involves removal of just the affected part of the prostate gland and is recommended for men with the cancerous prostate gland or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Indications

  • Prostate cancer
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder stones
  • Hematuria

How is Prostatectomy performed?

Usually, general anaesthetic is given before the start of the procedure to make you unconscious. A spinal anaesthesia or an epidural anaesthesia will also be given, which causes numbness in the lower part of the body. Heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels will be continuously monitored.

In retropubic surgery, the incision is made from the belly button to the pubic bone. In laparoscopic surgery, many small incisions are made through which a narrow tube (laparoscope) with a camera is inserted. The surgeon will see the internal structures on the monitor while performing the surgery. Robotic surgery is conducted in a few hospitals, where the surgical tools for the operation are used with the help of a robotic system. In perineal surgery, the incision is made in between the anus and the scrotum.

After making an incision, the prostate gland is removed and the incision is sutured. While removing the prostate gland, minor damage to the nerves is possible. The fluid is drained using a Jackson-Pratt drain. A catheter is inserted to drain the urine from the bladder.

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels after radical prostatectomy are usually 0 after a month of the surgery. However, the PSA levels could be low in some patients even after the surgery. This is because some normal tissue is left behind even after the surgery.

Recovery from Prostatectomy

 

  • You will be moved from the operation theatre to the recovery room after the surgery.
  • Your physician monitors blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiratory rate and then shifts you to the general room.
  • Pain medications will be given to control the pain.
  • You will be allowed to do minimal exercises to increase the blood flow.
  • You will be discharged along with the catheter which will be in place for 5-10 days.  
  • You need to gradually increase your normal daily activity.
  • You can resume your sexual activity after 6-8 weeks of the procedure.
  • Driving should be avoided until your surgeon permits you.
  • If fever, redness, swelling, pain, and urinary incontinence are experienced then you should consult your physician.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Korea / Why should opt for South Korea as a destination for your medical treatment?
South Korea is recognized for its strict rules and regulations which have kept the country in strict discipline. As an upside, the country has well-maintained regulations for every process and impressive medical healthcare facilities which have garnered thousands of visitors from across the world. The reason for opting for hospitals in South Korea is the astounding treatment options available at a very cost-effective price range, which is undoubtedly more affordable than most of the developed countries across the world. Besides the well-planned infrastructure, the treatment in South Korea and the alternatives offered are tempting enough. Apart from that, the country also flaunts high success rates and has thus been able to cure some of the most complex diseases in the world.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Korea? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. YUHS Severance Hospital + Gangnam Severance Hospital is a JCI certified hospital in South Korea.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Korea of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons providing treatments in South Korea are globally recognized for their service in the medical field. Furnished with degrees from reputed universities and decades of training and experience, the doctors have earned high success rates throughout their professional careers. The doctors have to undergo rigorous training to keep up with the strict protocol and measures of hospitals in South Korea. Hence, quality is maintained.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Korea?
The Korean embassy follows a strict protocol for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The necessary documents (photocopies and original) have been listed on their official website and should be strictly adhered to. The candidate also has to produce necessary papers stating the medical cause and referral certificate signed by the registered medical practitioner. Although these need to be taken care of by the candidate, the rest of the procedures and further visa assistance is managed by the sponsors in most cases. A Medical Dependent Visa is granted to those who are accompanying a patient traveling to Sount Korea for medical treatment on a Medical Visa. This visa can be given to a close relative/family member or a friend of the patient. Please note that relevant letters/documents explaining details of the treatment, signed and stamped by the concerned hospitals/doctors, a declaration from the patient or an immediate family member is also required confirming the escort travel along with the patient.
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Which are the best cities in South Korea for medical treatment?
Treatment in South Korea is affordable. Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the main cities for healthcare. Seoul and Daegu have some of the best hospitals in South Korea. Busan, Incheon, and Ulsan also have developing healthcare facilities.

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