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Does radical prostatectomy cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There is nothing scarier to a guy than a diagnosis of prostate cancer and surgically removing the walnut-sized organ removed through a procedure called radical prostatectomy. What makes it worse is that the surgery almost guarantees that a man will have erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex. It takes a year in many cases to get back your sex life. Talk with your doctor about ways to overcome ED after radical prostatectomy.

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