Comprehensive analysis of sexual function outcome in prostate cancer patients after robot-assisted radical prostatectomy

Seung Hyo Woo, Dong Il Kang, Yun Sok Ha, Amirali Hassanzadeh Salmasi, Jeong Hyun Kim, Dong Hyeon Lee, Wun Jae Kim, Isaac Yi Kim

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Purpose: The recovery of potency following radical prostatectomy is complex and has a very wide range. In this study, we analyzed in detail the precise pattern of recovery of potency following robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP). Materials and Methods: Prospectively collected database of patients with a minimum follow-up of 1 year after RARP were evaluated retrospectively. Of 503 patients identified, 483 patients completed the sexual health inventory for men (SHIM) preoperatively and postoperatively every 3 months for the first 12 months. Overall potency, usage of phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors, and return to baseline erectile function were evaluated. Potency was defined as having erection that is sufficient for sexual intercourse more than 50% of attempts, while quality potency was defined as being potent without the use of PDE-5 inhibitors. Results: Preoperatively, the overall potency and quality potency rate were 67.1% and 48.1%, respectively. Postoperatively, the overall potency rate was 61.4%, while the quality potency rate was 37.2%. In multivariate regression analysis, independent predictors of potency recovery were young age (<60), preoperative potency status, and bilateral preservation of neurovascular bundles (NVBs). In men with SHIM>21, the overall potency and quality potency rate were 79.7% and 41.2%, respectively. More importantly, only 21.4% of the men with normal erection preoperatively (SHIM>21) returned to baseline erectile function (SHIM>21) 12 months after surgery. Conclusions: This study indicates that young age (<60), preoperative potency, and bilateral preservation of NVBs were positive predictors of potency recovery following RARP. However, an overwhelming majority of men experience a deterioration in the overall quality of erection after RARP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-177
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2014


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