AIM: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the role of pharmacological postoperative sexual rehabilitation in the recovery of erectile function following radical retropubic prostatectomy. METHODS: Following radical retropubic prostatectomy 113 patients were divided into 2 groups: 77 (group 1) underwent pharmacologic rehabilitation with intracavernous PGE1 starting with 5 mg once or twice weekly beginning 1 month after surgery, followed by oral sildenafil 50-100 mg twice a week after recovery of spontaneous erections, while 36 (group 2) acted as controls. The 2 groups were homogeneous for age and preoperative IIEF5 score, while nerve-sparing techniques were used more frequently in group 1. RESULTS: With 1 year follow-up 42% of group 1 patients have recovered sexual function, versus 8% of group 2 (P < 0.001). The mean recovery time was 7 months, and 56% of rehabilitated patients with bilateral preservation of the neurovascular bundles recovered sexual function, compared to 37.5% of those with unilateral preservation and 28.5% of those operated with non nerve-sparing technique. Intracavernous PGE1 caused pain in 27% of cases. CONCLUSIONS: Pharmacologic rehabilitation significantly impacts on the recovery of sexual function following radical prostatectomy, and the optimal treatment schedule is still to be defined.
|Autori:||DINELLI N; SALINITRI G; POMARA G; MENCHINI FABRIS F; MORELLI G; SELLI C|
|Titolo:||Role of pharmacologic rehabilitation in the recovery of sexual function following radical prostatectomy.|
|Anno del prodotto:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|