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Erectile dysfunction after surgery – what are your options?

Posted on Sep 1, 2017

Old age, relationship problems, unhealthy lifestyle – these are the top 3 causes of erectile dysfunction. However, they are not the only ones. ED is a complex medical condition with a plethora of causes and one of the lesser known ones is surgery. Sometimes, patients undergoing bladder or prostate surgery risk erectile dysfunction        as a side effect. In certain cases, the issue is only psychological, but there are also instances where ED can occur as a result of a complication. As dreadful as this prospect sounds, there are two points to consider. First of all, the possibility of this complication should not make you say no to surgery, especially if it is for prostate or bladder cancer. Second of all, there are ways to treat erectile dysfunction and restore your sexual activity. Depending on the exact cause and severity of the problem, your doctor may recommend a series of solutions:

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Patient education and counseling

Undergoing a difficult surgery often takes its toll on the patient’s mental health, causing stress, insecurity and anxiety. At times, these psychological blockages can cause erectile dysfunction as well. If the doctor determines that the cause of ED is psychological, then they will recommend patient education and counselling. Sessions can be private or with your partner and you can participate in as many as you want until you feel confident enough to engage in intercourse.   

Medication

There are many medical treatments for erectile dysfunction and your doctor can recommend you some pills to treat this issue in a non-invasive way. For example, Nizagara has many positive reviews and is known as a viable treatment. However, keep in mind that you should never take drugs for ED yourself, without consulting a doctor first. Not only could you buy an unsafe drug, but you risk taking the wrong dosage and dealing with adverse effects.

Penile prosthetist

If all other treatments fail, the last resort is penile prosthesis implantation. This is a larger scale solution and it is usually recommended if your erectile dysfunction persists for more than two years after the surgery. Contrary to common belief, this procedure is not complicated, thanks to the latest innovations in the field. It only lasts for about an hour and you can resume your sexual activity in as little as six weeks.

Things to remember

Erectile dysfunction is a common, yet sensitive issue that should be addressed with the utmost attention. There are many invasive and non-invasive solutions for it, but, when it occurs as a surgical complication, it’s very important that you understand the nature of the cause: is it caused by an emotional setback or by a physical one. Sometimes, there is only one answer. Other times, ED is caused by a combination of the two, so the recovery action plan needs to be more complex. Last, but not least, remember that each patient is different and under no circumstances should you attempt to treat the condition yourself with questionable remedies.