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How can you treat erectile dysfunction from surgery for prostate cancer?

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If the nerve-sparing technique is used, recovery from erectile dysfunction (ED) may occur within the first 2 years after the procedure. Recovery of erectile function after a non-nerve-sparing surgery is unlikely, but possible. The use of vacuum devices or erectile dysfunction drugs after the body has healed from prostate cancer surgery may improve the quality of erections and speed the return of normal sexual function.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

drugs.com. 

American Urological Association.

Medicinenet.com.

News release, FDA.

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

drugs.com. 

American Urological Association.

Medicinenet.com.

News release, FDA.

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

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