“….Prostate cancer and treatments for the disease can cause erectile dysfunction. Many men recover good sexual function after radical prostatectomy, though this can be gradual and in some cases take years. Following radiation, problems with erectile dysfunction may appear slowly as damage from the treatment accumulates. Hormone therapy causes a loss of erections and libido. Fortunately, we have excellent means to deal with these problems. Most men are able to resume a satisfactory sex life after treatment for prostate cancer…” (Scardino – Pg 383) “…When looking at men undergoing radical prostatectomy, you need to distinguish between those who underwent nerve-sparing procedures and those who didn’t… Erectile function rates tend to improve over time following prostatectomy, but tend to remain stable following radiation therapy or decline over time…. Regardless of whether the nerves were spared during the surgery or whether the most precise dose planning was used during radiation therapy, nearly all men will experience some erectile dysfunction for the first few months after treatment…. However, within one year after treatment nearly all men with intact nerves will see a substantial improvement. By this point, about 50% of men who undergo nerve-sparing prostatectomy will have returned to their pre-treatment function; after two years, about 75% will have returned to pre-treatment function…” (Prostate Cancer Foundation – Pg. 37) 

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During my operation Dr. Carroll had to cut part of one neurovascular bundle. Still, he has prescribed 100mg tablets of Viagra twice/week. Potency is improving and the luminaries suggest will continue to do so until around the first anniversary. No complaints!

James F. Girand