Prostate Cancer Surgery

Risks of Prostate Cancer Surgery

Prostate cancer surgery may cause short-term problems, such as incontinence. After surgery, some men may lose control of the flow of urine (urinary incontinence). However, most men regain bladder control after a few weeks.
 
Some men may develop impotence after prostate cancer surgery. Nerve-sparing surgery is an attempt to avoid this problem. If a man can have successful nerve-sparing surgery, impotence may not last. In some cases, men become permanently impotent. You can talk with your doctor about medicine and other ways to help manage the sexual effects of prostate cancer treatment.
 
If your prostate is removed, you will no longer produce semen and you will have dry orgasms. If you wish to father children, you may consider sperm banking or a sperm retrieval procedure.
 
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