After pelvic cancer (e.g., prostate, bladder, rectal) treatment, the normal physiology of penile erections can be altered. Nerve and blood vessel injury or manipulation can impair normal erections, penile oxygenation, and long term penile and sexual health.
The goal of penile rehabilitation is to help minimize the negative impacts on a mans sexual function and expedite recovery of sexual function. Our program begins either weeks before your surgery or afterwards.
We know that daily erections are natural and necessary and that without erections atrophy and scarring can develop. Thus, interventions aimed at preserving sexual function must allow regular erections. We tailor a specific treatment regimen to each patient based on baseline erectile function and the patients own goals. We welcome input and assistance from the patients partner in order to help maximize rehabilitation success.
Clincal studies support early and aggressive therapies for post therapy erectile dysfunction which can help more rapid and complete recovery of sexual function. Using an evidence-based approach, therapies incorporated into the Stanford Penile Rehabilitation Program include: