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Viagra Useful for Impotence Following Prostate Surgery

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These findings confirm previous study results and put a greater spotlight on the prostate surgery itself, says Lakin, who was not involved in this study but has been part of nearly identical studies that produced similar results. "I am not a surgeon. I deal primarily with sexual dysfunction. But where I think this [study] will have the most impact is in causing physicians to pay more attention to nerve sparing," he says.

Lakin says that he commonly prescribes Viagra following surgery for prostate cancer because other options are more invasive. "Unfortunately, it's very hard not to offer a patient a pill even if their nerves have been cut, but I am very honest with them. And if they call and say it didn't work, we go on from there."

If Viagra fails, physicians can recommend other options, including injections and vacuum devices, both of which have good success rates, even among men whose nerves were damaged, according to Lakin.

Vital Information:

  • Viagra is an effective treatment for impotency in men who have their prostate removed.
  • For men whose nerves have been spared, the drug improves the ability to have an erection by nearly 60%, but the effectiveness drops to 20% in those with no nerves spared.
  • There are other options for men who don't respond to Viagra, including injections and vacuum devices.
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