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Understanding the Effects of Biopsies and Prostatectomy

ED and urinary function rates at the follow-up points were as follows:

Years After

Prostatectomy

% of Men Whose Erections Were Restored

% of Men Who Had Normal Urinary Function

1

46%

88%

2

58%

91%

3

61%

92%

These rates were not influenced by number of biopsies, the researchers determined.

Still, it’s important to understand that these results came after radical prostatectomy, not biopsy. Problems with erections and urination are common after the entire prostate gland is removed, and it takes time for them to improve.

If you or your partner has concerns about active surveillance, prostate biopsies, or prostate cancer treatment, talk to your doctor. You can also learn more on our prostate cancer page.

Resources

Renal & Urology News

Persaud, Natasha

“Repeat Prostate Biopsies Do Not Raise Risk of Post-RP Complications”

(December 20, 2017)

http://www.renalandurologynews.com/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-multiple-biopsies-do-not-increase-ed-urinary-incontinence/article/719849/

SexHealthMatters

“Erection Concerns After Prostate Biopsy”

(November 11, 2015)

http://www.sexhealthmatters.org/sex-health-blog/erection-concerns-after-prostate-biopsy

Urologic Oncology

Rosenbaum, Clemens M., MD, et al.

“Effect of repeat prostate biopsies on functional outcomes after radical prostatectomy”

(Abstract. Published online: December 12, 2017)

http://www.urologiconcology.org/article/S1078-1439(17)30604-X/abstract

Urology Care Foundation

“Active Surveillance”

https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/prostate-cancer/treatment/active-surveillance

“How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed?”

https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/prostate-cancer/diagnosis

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