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Long-term potency after early use of a vacuum erection device following radical prostatectomy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20394611     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term potency after radical prostatectomy (RP) with the early use of a vacuum erection device (VED), and reasons for sexual inactivity and long-term attrition and maintenance of sexual activity, as RP is one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer but erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common side-effect.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We identified 141 sexually active patients who underwent RP at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Patients were offered various non-oral treatment options to prevent ED and were also motivated for early penile rehabilitation. At 5 years 62% remained sexually active, of whom 71% had natural erections sufficient for intercourse without assistance, 8.5% were still using sildenafil, 10% were using combined therapy (sildenafil plus VED). At 5 years 38% (43/113) men were sexually inactive. The reasons included loss of interest in 17 (40%), cardiovascular/neurological diseases in 18 (42%), hormonal therapy in three (7%), loss of partner in three (7%) and two had other surgery. The natural rate of erections for sufficient vaginal penetration without an erection aid were preserved and maintained in the early-prophylaxis group, and almost 60% of them had used a VED as early prophylaxis.
CONCLUSION: Despite current phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor treatments for ED, VED is becoming recognized again as having a primary role in early penile rehabilitation in many patients, specifically those treated for prostate cancer.
Rupesh Raina; Geetu Pahlajani; Ashok Agarwal; Stephen Jones; Craig Zippe
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BJU international     Volume:  106     ISSN:  1464-410X     ISO Abbreviation:  BJU Int.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-16     Completed Date:  2011-01-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100886721     Medline TA:  BJU Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1719-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Department of Urology, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Impotence, Vasculogenic / prevention & control*
Middle Aged
Penile Erection / physiology*
Penile Prosthesis*
Prostatectomy / adverse effects,  rehabilitation*
Prostatic Neoplasms / rehabilitation*,  surgery
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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