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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.


Julienne Lalong-Muh, Treacy Colm, Martin Steggall. Erectile dysfunction following retropubic prostatectomy. British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing). 2013 Feb 28-Mar 13;22(4):S4, S7-9

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PMID: 23448953

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