Surgical Treatment For Prostate Cancer Sparks Erectile Dysfunction

Surgical Treatment For Prostate Cancer Sparks Erectile Dysfunction

The commonly noticed and diagnosed solid tumor in American men is the prostate cancer. Men has a 17 percent chance of developing prostate carcinoma tumors in their older years. However, prostate cancer can be treated through the use of medicines or surgical procedures, according to online health sources. Surgical treatment is believed to be more effective than medicinal treatment. Below are some of the common reason for the need of 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

Erectile dysfunction may occur 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. Men who chose surgical treatment over medication may experienced erectile dysfunction. However, early medication treatment can greatly help restore erectile function. The failure to seek treatment may be due to embarrassment, financial instability, and threatened masculinity.

It may take up to two years of recovery after surgery but it may not be complete. 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. But there are allegations that the maker of device used in robotic surgery has failed to notify the public of its product dangerous side effects. 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.


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