Benefits of erectile function recovery programs after radical prostatectomy (Review)

  • Authors:
    • Dragos Radu Marcu
    • Lucian Lorga
    • Camelia Cristina Diaconu
    • Arsenie Dan Spinu
    • Dan Mischianu
    • Ovidiu Gabriel Bratu
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  • Published online on: June 24, 2020     https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2020.8934
  • Pages: 2406-2410
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Abstract

Radical prostatectomy is one of the most frequent therapeutic options used for the management of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. Normal erectile function after radical prostatectomy is a great problem for numerous patients and a real challenge for urologists worldwide. The advancements that have been made over the years in terms of minimally invasive surgery, as well as in terms of surgical techniques, have reduced the incidence of erectile dysfunction, but even so, its rate remains high and the post‑operative recovery of erectile function is a long and costly process. Phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors have provided excellent results and have become the first‑line treatment for these patients, followed by intracavernous injections with alprostadil. Several studies have underlined the impact of phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors in terms of preventing the fibrotic changes that are responsible for the irreversible erectile dysfunction. The general opinion is that an erectile function recovery process should be started as soon as possible after surgery to prevent the negative effects of neuropraxia.

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Marcu DR, Lorga L, Diaconu CC, Spinu AD, Mischianu D and Bratu OG: Benefits of erectile function recovery programs after radical prostatectomy (Review). Exp Ther Med 20: 2406-2410, 2020
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Marcu, D.R., Lorga, L., Diaconu, C.C., Spinu, A.D., Mischianu, D., & Bratu, O.G. (2020). Benefits of erectile function recovery programs after radical prostatectomy (Review). Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 20, 2406-2410. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2020.8934
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Marcu, D. R., Lorga, L., Diaconu, C. C., Spinu, A. D., Mischianu, D., Bratu, O. G."Benefits of erectile function recovery programs after radical prostatectomy (Review)". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 20.3 (2020): 2406-2410.
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Marcu, D. R., Lorga, L., Diaconu, C. C., Spinu, A. D., Mischianu, D., Bratu, O. G."Benefits of erectile function recovery programs after radical prostatectomy (Review)". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 20, no. 3 (2020): 2406-2410. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2020.8934