Whether you’re fighting cancer or dealing with another disease or condition, erectile dysfunction can be a major side effect, whether from the treatment or the ailment. It’s important to understand the ailment you’re dealing with and how it can affect you in all aspects. Although you have a doctor to determine the best treatment, you still have to make decisions about your health. In some cases, surgery is involved in treatment and therapy. Procedures like surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and more all have an affect on your sexual health, as well as, other bodily functions.

In this post, we’ll discuss how cancer treatment surgeries can affect your sexual health. If you want to address your erectile dysfunction now, give Charleston Men’s Clinic a call to schedule a consultation. We offer a handful of ED treatments to help you regain your sexual prowess. Otherwise, continue reading to learn more.

How does cancer treatment surgery affect erections?

Depending on the extent of your cancer treatment, you’re probably experience radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or chemotherapy to fight the cancer. But what about invasive surgeries? Can they affect your sexual health? The short answer is yes. Below are operations that have a chance of causing erectile dysfunction:

  • Removal of Lymph Nodes – There are a number of nodes in the pelvic region. Removing any number of these may be a cause for concern if you’ve had the surgery and now are experiencing ED.
  • Prostate Surgery – This procedure aims to remove your prostate and seminal vesicles, which can affect sexual health to the point of erectile dysfunction.
  • Penis Surgery – A penectomy (to remove some or all of the penis) is rare; however, it does affect sexual health.
  • Bladder Surgery – A radical cystectomy targets bladder cancer and removes one or all of the following: bladder, prostate, upper urethra, or seminal vesicles, affecting sexual health.
  • Colon/Rectal Surgery – Abdominoperineal resection is to remove your lower colon and rectum. The surgery is invasive and can cause sexual health complications.

When it comes to surgeries outside the pelvic region, erectile dysfunction can be a side effect. It depends on the surgery and the reason for the surgery. Typically, nerve surgery in any capacity can cause erectile dysfunction. Specific nerve surgery related to the pelvic region or to sexual health can cause ED.

Regain Sexual Function

It may take you experimenting in the bedroom to find a way to get and maintain an erection. Sometimes psychological factors do play a role in your sexual health. In some cases, addressing the “elephant in the room” about your ED can help relieve stress or pressure on performing. It no longer is about your erection, but, instead, about the experience you’re sharing with your partner. Furthermore, talk with your partner before your next sex session about your potential ED. In most cases, partners will understand and do what’s necessary for the two of you to enjoy the moment together.

Schedule An Appointment Today!

At Charleston Men’s Clinic in Mt. Pleasant, we focus on men’s sexual health, specifically erectile dysfunction. We’ve been helping men for years understand and regain their ability to get and keep erections. As men age, their testosterone tends to decrease, which leads to sexual health issues. Whether you’re dealing with lowering testosterone or a recent surgery, you can schedule a consultation with us to figure out how to get your erection back.