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How can radical prostatectomy cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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When you get radical prostatectomy, erectile dysfunction can begin immediately following the removal of the entire prostate and surrounding tissues, whether the nerve-sparing or non-nerve-sparing technique is used. If the nerve-sparing technique is used, recovery from ED may occur within the first year following the procedure. Recovery of erectile function after a non-nerve-sparing technique is unlikely but possible.

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 26, 2017

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 26, 2017

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