Neglected Side Effects of Radical Prostatectomy

A questionnaire-based study revealed significant side effects that are not commonly discussed.
A questionnaire-based study revealed significant side effects that are not commonly discussed.

A questionnaire-based study distributed to men 3-36 months after undergoing radical prostatectomy revealed significant side effects that are not commonly discussed with patients.

Common side effects included diminished intensity (60%) or delayed (57%) orgasm and subjective loss of 1 cm or more of penile length (47%), Anders Frey and colleagues reported online ahead of print in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Orgasm-associated problems and changes in the physiology and anatomy of the penis are common and should be discussed with patients in the pre-operative setting.

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