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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