Post-Prostate Cancer Surgery Causes High Risk Of Erectile Impotency

Prostate cancer is a men’s condition that is regarded to be the most common detected and diagnosed solid tumor in American men. Men has a 17 percent chance of developing prostate carcinoma tumors in their older years. Still, it is possible treat prostate cancer with medicine or surgery. Surgical treatment is believed to be more effective than medicinal treatment. Stated below are the reason why men need to undergo surgical treatment for prostate cancer:

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 or impotence is sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis duringsexual performance. It is more common in men who undergone prostate cancer surgery rather than medication treatment. The use of early medication can restore erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, embarrassment, financial instability, and threatened masculinity are some factors why men failed to seek treatment.

It may take up two years after surgery for a man to recover from erectile dysfunction but not completely. The factors that may have contributed to the delayed recovery may include 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 attempts to control surgical bleeding, and local inflammation effects associated with surgical trauma.

There is a popular minimally invasive surgery, known as robotic surgery, that is used by many women in heart surgery but also used by men for prostate cancer treatment. Despite the popularity of robotic surgery, many alleged that the manufacturer has publicized misleading benefits. The FDA has recommended patients that before deciding to undergo a robotic surgery, they need to talk to their respective doctors in order to determine if da Vinci is the best surgical procedure for them.

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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