Erectile dysfunction after surgery

Despite the fact that diseases of the pelvic organs rarely cause erectile dysfunction, surgical procedures that are used for their treatment can cause erection problems.

The list of surgical procedures that can cause erectile dysfunction includes:

  • Radical prostatectomy

  • Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)

  • Cryosurgery.

Most often, erectile dysfunction develops after radical prostatectomy. Compared to prostatectomy, brachytherapy and cryosurgery are less invasive procedures. Therefore, they rarely cause erectile dysfunction and other types of sexual side effects.

Studies show that the neurovascular bundles that surround the prostate can be damaged because of radical prostatectomy. When tumor processes develop around the prostate, surgeons have to remove some of the nerves that regulate erectile function.

Patients, who had no complaints about erection problems before the operation, have the maximum chances of maintaining a full erection after the surgery.

If a man lost the ability to lead a normal sex life after a surgery and wants to restore his sexual ability, he can be prescribed:

1. Medicines
2. Prosthesis of the penis.

Radical cystectomy (bladder removal) and rectal resection can also lead to erectile dysfunction. These surgical interventions can disrupt the integrity of the blood vessels in the pelvic area and damage the nerves that control the erection.

The implementation of nerve-sparing technique of radical cystectomy or falloprosthetics will save the erection of sexually active men.

To minimize the likelihood of erectile dysfunction development after a surgical procedure, men should:

  • Lead a healthy lifestyle.

  • Eliminate the consumption of alcohol.

  • Refrain from using psychostimulants.

  • Periodically consult with your doctor.