No surgery is without side effects. Since the prostate is in a delicate area under the bladder and alongside nerves that make erections possible, it’s a delicate balance to perform the surgery and keep both urinary and sexual functions intact. While most men will have temporary leakage or erectile dysfunction, in time the vast majority will regain almost normal function in both areas.
You should also know that in some men, surgery for prostate cancer can actually shrink the penis.
Understanding the side effects before undergoing treatment can be incredibly helpful when choosing which route to go after a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Active surveillance for prostate cancer is a very specific protocol with requirements and guidelines. While this is not ideal for everyone, it may work for certain patients and spare them the side effects of treatment.
What is Active Surveillance?
The Benefits of Active Surveillance
When Is Active Surveillance Not Enough?
Before you decide on a surgeon or a surgical technique for prostate cancer, you should understand the options and some key questions to ask your surgeon.
An Overview of Prostate Cancer Surgery
How to Choose a Surgeon – Does Volume Matter?
Laparoscopic Surgery vs. Traditional Open Surgery for Prostate Cancer
How Do You Choose the Right Robotic Surgeon?
Your Own Opinion on Surgery vs. Radiation Matters