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PCSG WEBINAR: Erectile Restoration Surgery - A new approach to penile rehabilitation.

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Erectile Restoration Surgery - A new approach to penile rehabilitation.

Erectile Dysfunction or impotence is a common side effect following treatments for prostate cancer. Many men who undergo radical prostatectomy suffer from erectile dysfunction. With almost 10,000 radical prostatectomies performed each year in Australia, thousands of men will experience erectile dysfunction despite penile rehabilitation.

This is due to damage to the nerves that pass around and through the prostate to the penis that are responsible for erections. Although nerve-sparing surgical techniques, medications and injections can be of benefit many men continue to struggle with the impact on their mental health and relationships.

Dr David Dangerfield and Professor Christopher Coombs have spent six years refining a new, minimally invasive technique for restoring erections in men treated for prostate cancer.

This procedure involves using nerve grafts taken from the lower legs that bring a new nerve supply to the penis. Once grafted in, the nerves deliver a chemical to the penile tissues which acts like a natural form of Viagra, dilating blood vessels and causing an erection. Nerves grow at 1mm a day so there is a waiting time until the new nerves reach the penis but most men who have undergone this procedure have noticed some changes within six months and those who have had restoration of erectile function noted this by 12 months post nerve graft surgery.
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