Erectile disfunction

Are there any treatments for E.D . After bladder and prostate surgery . 

                                                      Thanks     Maci

  • Hello Maci, thanks for getting in touch.  My name is Lisa, I am one of the nurses here on the support line.

    I am sorry to hear you are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) after surgery to your prostate and bladder.  This must be very distressing.

    Research has shown that ED can affect around 76% of men, treated for prostate cancer, and as such seeking help and support is really important.  I would encourage you to contact your urology team to discuss this with them.  I assure you, they are well used to these conversations. 

    Many (although not all) areas have ED clinics.   Your urology team or your GP will be able to talk to you about what is available in your area.

    To reassure you, there are a number of things that can help.  These include:

    • Taking tablets
    • Using a vacuum pump
    • Using a cream
    • Pellet injections into the shaft of the penis
    • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including weight control, exercise and pelvic floor exercises

    You can read more about each of these treatments/interventions here.

    It is also helpful to talk about ED, with your partner if you have one, or someone close to you.    Not talking about it can sometimes make the problem worse. Some people also find it helpful to talk through their concerns with a professional, such as a counsellor.  Do have a chat to your GP if this is something you would find helpful. 

    If you would like to discuss anything in more detail, please do not hesitate in giving us a call on the support line.

    I hope this information is helpful and I wish you all the best

    Lisa

    Macmillan Cancer Information Nurse Specialist

    Our ref: LG/AM