Erectile Dysfunction Caused By Post-Prostate Cancer Surgery posted by on November 15, 2013

It is widely considered that prostate cancer is the most commonly detected and diagnosed solid tumor in American men. There is a 17 percent probability that men develops prostate carcinoma tumors in their later years. However, prostate cancer can be treated through the use of medicines or surgical procedures, according to online health sources. Compared to the two, surgical procedure is better than medicinal treatment. The following are considered to be the common reason why people undergo prostate cancer surgery:

Inability to completely empty the bladder
Recurrent bleeding from the prostate
Bladder stones due to the enlargement of the prostate
Very slow urination
Increased pressure on the ureters and kidneys due to urinary retention

However, there is a risk of erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer surgery, depending on the type of surgery, stage of cancer, and the skill of the surgeon. Erectile dysfunction is the inability of developing and sustaining an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse. It is more common in men who undergone prostate cancer surgery rather than medication treatment. Moreover, there is a chance that erectile dysfunction when early treatment is used. The failure to seek treatment may be due to embarrassment, financial instability, and threatened masculinity.

Recovery from erectile function may take up to two years after surgery and may not be complete. The mechanically induced stretching that may occur during prostate retraction, thermal damage to nerve tissue caused by electrocoagulative cautery during surgical dissection, injury to nerve tissue amid attemps to control surgical bleeding, and local inflammation effects associated with surgical trauma are believed to be the reasons behind delayed recovery.

Anyhow, a minimally invasive surgery that treats heart disease, known as robotic surgery, is also used to treat prostate cancer. Despite the popularity of robotic surgery, many alleged that the manufacturer has publicized misleading benefits. Patients who are planning to undergo da Vinci robotic surgery should consult the doctor to know if da Vinci is right for you according to your particular needs, says FDA.

References:

hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/urology/radical_prostatectomy_92,P09111/
urology.jhu.edu/prostate/erectyle_dyssfunction.php
webmd.com/prostate-cancer/guide/impotence-prostate-cancer
mayoclinic.com/health/open-prostatectomy/MY00610/DSECTION=what-you-can-expect
clinicaladvisor.com/erectile-dysfunction-after-prostate-cancer/article/197330/

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