Once the neurovascular bundles have been released on both sides, the attachment of Denonvilliers'fascia to the rectum is divided in the midline, maintaining all layers of Denonvilliers'fascia on the prostate.

At this point, a prominent arterial branch running from the neurovascular bundle to the posterior surface of the prostate is identified. By dividing this posterior branch, the neurovascular bundle falls posteriorly, reducing the chance for injury during division of the lateral pedicies. The lateral pedicies are next divided on the lateral surface of the seminal vesicles without ligation. Obvious arterial bleeders are simply controlled with hemoclips once the lateral pedicle has been completely divided.