Navigation Links
'Use it or Lose it': A New Theory About Preserving Erectile Function After Prostate Surgery
Date:8/19/2007

BOSTON, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Erectile dysfunction after surgery to remove the prostate (radical prostatectomy) has traditionally been attributed to nerve damage that theoretically should heal over time. But it can take as long as two years for the nerves to recover enough for a man to have an erection without the aid of drugs or devices. By that time, other damage may have occurred, according to an article in the latest issue of Perspectives on Prostate Disease.

The Harvard Medical School bulletin notes that when the penis is flaccid for long periods of time, it is deprived of a lot of oxygen-rich blood. Recent research suggests that this low oxygen level causes some muscle cells in the penis's erectile tissue to lose their flexibility. The tissue gradually becomes more like scar tissue, interfering with the penis's ability to expand when it's filled with blood.

Therefore, the traditional advice given to men -- to wait for erectile function to return on its own -- may not be adequate. Simply put, erections seem to work on a use-it-or-lose-it basis. To prevent the secondary damage that may occur if the penis goes too long without erections, researchers now think it's better to restore erectile function soon after prostate removal. Treatment options include using a vacuum pump device or taking erectile dysfunction drugs by mouth or by injection into the penis.

According to Dr. Marc Garnick, editor in chief of Perspectives on Prostate Disease and a Harvard oncologist, "Although the evidence supporting this 'penile rehabilitation' isn't perfect, you may want to ask your doctor about the options. Such early intervention may help increase the odds that you will regain erectile function."

Also covered in the 48-page report:

-- Alternative therapies for prostate cancer

-- Handling a prostate cancer relapse

-- Surgical options for benign prostatic hyperplasia

A year's subscription to Perspectives on Prostate Disease is available for $99 (for print and electronic versions; $89 for electronic only) from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School. Order it online at http://www.health.harvard.edu/POPD or by calling 1-877-649-9457 (toll free).

Media: Contact Christine Junge at Christine_junge@hms.harvard.edu for a complimentary copy of the bulletin.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.

Related medicine technology :

1. Geron Corp. Licensee TA Sciences Announces Landmark 7/07/07 Teleconference to Answer Questions About TA-65, Their Telomerase Activator With Proven Age Management Benefits
2. Women Well-Informed About Breast Cancer, Yet Lacking Knowledge About Current Treatments, New Survey Finds
3. International Movement Disorder Specialists Receive New Information About the Use of Once-Daily Azilect in the Treatment of Parkinsons Disease
4. New Study Results Provide Additional Data about Short- and Long-Term Use of Desvenlafaxine Succinate in the Treatment of Adults with Major Depressive Disorder
5. FDA Proposes New Warnings About Suicidal Thinking, Behavior in Young Adults Who Take Antidepressant Medications
6. Ad hoc: Interim report about clinical trial of BF-200 ALA in actinic keratosis
7. Six Important Things to Know About Preventing Hospital Infections
8. The American Liver Foundation Urges Cautious Optimism about CDC Report on Declining Acute Hepatitis Infection Rates
9. Palatin Technologies and King Pharmaceuticals Report Data Showing Improvements in Sexual Relationship and Self-Esteem in Patients with Erectile Dysfunction Treated with Bremelanotide
10. Palatin Technologies and King Pharmaceuticals Announce Plan To Present Results of Bremelanotide Phase 2b Studies in Men With Erectile Dysfunction
11. Dong-A PharmTech Co., Ltd. Announces Positive Results for Udenafil, Its New Long Acting Drug For Erectile Dysfunction
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017  PhaseRx, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZRX), a biopharmaceutical ... diseases in children, today reported financial results for ... 31, 2016 and provided an update on its ... make progress during the fourth quarter of 2016 ... primate safety study, and with our lead development ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Devices ... by 2022, Globally, registering a CAGR of 5.1% from 2016 to 2022. The endovascular ... to dominate the market during the study period. Continue ... ... ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , Mar. 24, 2017 Research ... Management in the U.S.: Consumer Strategies" report to their ... ... how adults approach and treat their physical pain, emphasizing consumer ... distinct groups: pain sufferers and adults who have selected illnesses/conditions ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... contaminated soil, dredged material, and hazardous and non-hazardous materials announced today the acquisition ... This acquisition will add four additional processing facilities and a vast array ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management Association ... The annual awards, now in their 12th year, are among the most prestigious in ... In 2016, the awards were retooled to recognize achievements in both large budget (over ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Shamanic healer and teacher ... Healing and Spiritual Awakening, proudly presents her Sacred Peru retreat with world ... and spiritual journey during the Summer Solstice will also be her final international ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... ... The law firm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, with ... C. Enea has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Ms. Enea, who previously ... law, Medicaid planning and applications, and Wills, Trusts and Estates. Samantha A. Lyons, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Finding ... God #TruthwithGrace”: a devotional journal chronicling the writer’s path toward true communion with ... Walk with God #TruthwithGrace” is the creation of published author Lea Michelle Johnson, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):