Regaining normal erectile function is rare after the most common prostate operation, radical prostatectomy. This is the main result of a new study which is presented at the European Association of Urology Congress in Madrid. Radical Prostatectomy is the removal of the prostate gland during a prostate cancer operation. This is because the nerves which surround the prostate are often damaged during the operation, and these nerves control the ability to have an erection. In many cases, this improves with time, but now new research indicates that achieving an erection of the same quality as before the operation is rare, and may have been significantly overestimated by doctors. The standard way of measuring erectile function is via a questionnaire, the International Index of Erectile Function IIEFbut this is not specifically aimed at prostate cancer patients.
But with prostate cancerthe potential side effects can be particularly concerning to men who are trying to decide which approach is right for them.
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