Adverse effects of radical prostatectomy

Evidence Summaries

Level of Evidence = C

8% of men may be incontinent and nearly 60% may be impotent at 18 months or more following radical prostatectomy.

According to a longitudinal study of 1291 men from 6 geographic regions with clinically localized prostate cancer treated with radical prostatectomy, 8.4% of men were incontinent and 59.9% were impotent at 18 months or more following surgery 1.


1. Stanford JL, Feng Z, Hamilton AS, Gilliland FD, Stephenson RA, Eley JW, Albertsen PC, Harlan LC, Potosky AL. Urinary and sexual function after radical prostatectomy for clinically localized prostate cancer: the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study. JAMA 2000 Jan 19;283(3):354-60.  [PMID:10647798]

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