Many men affected by prostate cancer carry the fear of becoming impotent due to their ailment. These men should know that prostate cancer itself doesn’t lead to impotency. However, treatments for prostate cancer might result in the development of erectile issues. People often report a problem with their sexual performance after surgical treatments of prostate cancer in which the gland affected by cancerous cells is removed. The issue of impotence arises when neurovascular bundles running on the sides of the prostate gland are affected by the surgical procedure.
Nerve-Sparing Prostate Cancer Treatments Are Not Possible Every Time
Earlier, it was believed that neurovascular bundles of cavernous nerves pass through the prostate gland. However, in 1981, a Dutch urologist found out that those bundles didn’t run through the gland but were lined on its sides. This discovery led to nerve-sparing prostate cancer treatments in which surgeons try their best to remove the prostate gland without disturbing the cavernous nerve bundles around it.
However, this is not possible in all cases. In some instance, cancer has spread beyond the gland to adjacent nerves. The surgeons don’t have any other option except to remove all the cancer-laden tissue and nerves in the vicinity of the prostate gland. This means the likelihood of impotency becomes inevitable in certain surgical treatments for prostate cancer.
Nerve Grafting Can Reverse Prostate-Related Impotency
Impotency or erectile dysfunction arising from nerve damage is seldom treated through medication. Even high potency performance pills can’t help the person if he is experiencing impotency due to a nerve issue. Therefore, Plastic Surgeon Fausto Viterbo, a nerve medical expert has discovered a long-term solution to this problem with a surgical procedure.
As of now, nerve grafting is considered the most suitable treatment to reverse impotency after prostate cancer treatment. This grafting is an intricate surgical process and only recommended in certain conditions.
First, Dr. Viterbo team of surgeons remove a nerve for grafting from any other part of the body by making sure that it doesn’t affect any significant body function. The sural nerve that runs behind the knee and ends up along the sides of the foot is usually used for nerve grafting to reverse impotency after prostate cancer treatment. The removal of the sural nerve only results in minor tingling and numbness in the lateral area of the foot for a brief time period. Moreover, the length of the removed sural nerve is enough to make bilateral cavernous nerve grafts.
The nerve grafts are connected joining the lateral aspect of the femoral nerve and the cavernous corpus.
It has been reported that complete reversal of impotency after prostate cancer treatment can be achieved in six months with the help of successful nerve grafting.
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