How long does erectile dysfunction last after prostate surgery?
Surgical removal of the prostate gland is performed to help patients suffering from prostate cancer. Surgical treatment is most effective at stages 1 and 2 of cancer, until the tumor didn’t spread metastases. Identified at an early stage of prostate carcinoma requires complex care with the use of radio and chemotherapy.
Radical prostatectomy is performed if the patient has not reached the age of 70 years. An unconditional indication for the removal of prostate gland is a biopsy conclusion confirming active tumor processes and the development of malignant changes in the tissues of prostate gland. Carrying out surgery to remove the prostate gland is not a guarantee of a complete cure for cancer. As is known, malignant tumors have a predisposition to backset in 2-4 years after radical treatment.
Removal of the prostate gland is also performed with benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Among the consequences of radical prostatectomy is often called a decrease in sexual desire and erectile dysfunction. A particular danger for male sexual consistency is the damage to the network of nerve cells located near the prostate gland.
Reducing sexual desire and erectile dysfunction often become complications after radical prostatectomy. A particular danger for male potency is the damage to the network of nerve cells located near the prostate gland.
These nerve receptors are the main means of controlling the onset of erection. Damage or removal of nerve receptors that were not isolated during surgery may cause serious damage to the condition of the reproductive organs.
Approximately half of men who have undergone removal of the prostate gland can completely restore erectile function and a normal level of libido. Rehabilitation period usually lasts from 6 to 12 months.
The regeneration rate of the genital tissues depends on the following significant factors:
- age and health status of men;
- orrectness of surgical intervention;
- level of erectile ability before surgical treatment.
Men who survived a surgical intervention need to overcome the mental stumbling block. The patient for the adjustment of sexual life must feel confident in his abilities. To get rid of fear of failure and the syndrome of obsessive waiting will help support from the sexual partner and regular sexual activity.
Set of physical exercises will help to improve the power of sexual potency within the first year after the operation. This set designed to strengthen the muscles of the perineum and restore control over urination.
Doctors recommend to insert special candles into the urethra for additional relaxation of the muscles and optimal blood filling of the genital organs. In some cases, doctors recommend to undergo surgical treatment for impotence which has occurred after prostatectomy.
The doctor should explain to the patient and his partner all nuances concerning the loss of erection after prostatectomy and the importance of rehabilitation.