Side Effects Of A Prostatectomy

A Prostatectomy is the removal of the part or the entire prostate gland or the surrounding tissueProstatectomy normally due to cancer or other abnormalities occurring in the gland. This is a radical surgery and there are many risks and side effects that can severely affect a person’s life. One of these main side effects is the resultant impotence or erectile dysfunction. This is due to the fact that the prostate gland is responsible for producing ejaculatory fluid and that a Prostatectomy also involves the removal of the seminal vesicles.

However, the level of impotence experienced after a Prostatectomy can be determined by the age and health of the patient. Many Prostatectomy patients can regain full potency with the assistance of drugs, penile injections and vacuum pumps but this can take some time. It is also important to understand that the use of drugs and penile injections has their own side effects and that not all patients are candidates for this type of treatment for erectile dysfunction due to a Prostatectomy. The use of vacuum pumps is far less invasive and carries no side effects whatsoever to the patient although this is the slowest way to regain full spontaneous potency.

Other types of treatments involve unilateral and bilateral Prostatectomy nerve sparing techniques. These techniques are however only suitable for patients who have localised cancer with low tumour presentation. This means that the entire prostate gland will not have to be removed and the remaining tissue and nerves can then take over the entire function of the prostate gland. Patients who require the removal of the entire prostate will need to use one of the aforementioned techniques to overcome erectile dysfunction.

For more information on using non-invasive vacuum pumps to assist in treating erectile dysfunction after a full or partial Prostatectomy, you can contact us.


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