Treating erectile dysfunction after surgery for pelvic cancers

Prostate Cancer UK and Macmillan Cancer Support

Surgery for prostate, bladder, or colorectal cancers can injure the nerves and arteries that supply oxygen to the penis, causing erectile dysfunction (ED). Unfortunately, even with nerve-sparing surgery techniques, ED continues to be a long-term problem for many men. Early ED rehabilitation can improve blood flow to the penis and reduce cavernous tissue damage, thereby preventing penile atrophy.

This Guidelines summary provides preoperative and postoperative recommendations, and includes a treatment pathway.

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