Erectile dysfunction following retropubic prostatectomy

Julienne Lalong-muh, Treacy Colm, Martin Steggall

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect men in the UK. Treatment options depend on the grade of tumour, the patient’s co-existing diseases and choice of treatment. One potentially curative option is surgery, specifically a radical retropubic prostatectomy or variation thereof. As a consequence of the surgery, men commonly experience two side-effects: urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction (ED). This paper outlines the clinical management of ED following surgery and aims to provide an overview of how to assess a man who has developed ED and discuss the various treatment options available, along with the efficacy in terms of recovery of erections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S4-S9
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue numberSup2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • ED
  • International Index of Erectile Function
  • IIEF
  • Neuropraxia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Radical retropubic prostatectomy


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