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Radical Prostatectomy and Other Pelvic Surgeries

Effects on Erectile Function
  • Muammer Kendirci
  • Jeffrey Bejma
  • Wayne J. G. Hellstrom
Part of the Current Clinical Urology book series (CCU)

Abstract

Preservation of erectile function following pelvic surgery is an important variable in a patient’s quality of life. Despite currently available oral and minimally invasive treatments, erectile dysfunction following pelvic surgery and radical prostatectomy challenges most urologists because of the lower-than-anticipated success rates. Postoperative pharmacological penile rehabilitation programs employing oral, transurethral, and intracavernosal vasoactive drugs are suggested to be beneficial for most patients, allowing a faster and more complete recovery of erectile function. New data on cavernous nerve protection and/or regeneration will likely evolve into a new therapeutic avenue for patients who undergo radical pelvic surgery. The ultimate aim is to increase the quality of life in patients undergoing pelvic surgery including radical prostatectomy.

Key Words

Erectile dysfunction radical prostatectomy pelvic surgery treatment cavernous nerve neuroprotection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muammer Kendirci
  • Jeffrey Bejma
  • Wayne J. G. Hellstrom

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