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Many Men Unaware Of Prostate Surgery as Cause of Sexual Dysfunction

Many men start suffering from sexual dysfunction after surgery of the prostate, however many are not aware that the procedure is what brought about this condition, new revelations show.

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, many men choose to have the cancerous growth removed through a surgical process. This is usually the best as well as the quickest option in most cases and it allows them to continue living their life normally without worry. Sooner or later, many start experiencing sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction, low sexual desire (libido), poor performance in bed, or inability to sire children.

SurgeryA team of researchers recently undertook a study that aimed at gauging how aware men were about the risk of prostate surgery in relation to their sexual functions. What surprised the researchers is the fact that many men who had undergone the procedure didn’t know that the surgery was the main cause of the dysfunction. What was more worrying is that many went through the entire procedure without being notified of the likelihood of sexual dysfunction problems arising in the near future.

According to Dr. Joshua Meeks, urologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, many men were more focused on the bigger picture which was to lead a normal life as well as go back to their former selves. They don’t think of the side effects such as sexual dysfunction which can occur afterwards, and this is why many get shocked to be told that the surgery is to blame for their woes.

After undergoing the surgical procedure, there is always a high chance of the penis size becoming smaller, testosterone levels decreasing, incontinence and pain during intercourse or orgasm, as well as low libido. All these factors contribute to declining sexual performance as well as erectile dysfunction, and according to Dr. John P. senior study author, and his teammates at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, any man can develop these side effects after the surgery.

In a report contained in the BJU (British Journal of Urology) International, Dr. Mulhall together with his fellow researchers put 336 men suffering from sexual dysfunction under trial. The men whose average age was 64 had their cancerous prostate gland removed about three months earlier through radical prostatectomy. Two-thirds opted for the traditional open surgery while the remaining group underwent robotic-assisted surgery.

Statistics showed that 88% of those who had open surgery and 91% who underwent robotic surgery believed they would have normal sex after the surgery. Only 50% were aware of the risks of the surgery and only 38% knew they may require nerve sparing surgery after the procedure.

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer have a number of options which include radiation, active surveillance, and removal of the prostate gland to choose from. It is therefore important to educate them of risks of sexual dysfunction after treatment.