Prostate Surgery and the Impacts of ED

After I underwent radical prostate surgery (known as a “prostatectomy”), I was over the moon. I thought that because my prostate cancer was gone, I’d be able to dive back into my old life. I was wrong. When my wife and I jumped back into bed, everything felt like normal until I realized that something was missing; I could not get it up.

Distraught, I went to my urologist. He had mentioned to me before the surgery that patients often needed time and even some physical therapy before regaining the ability to get an erection, but I had assumed that I’d be fine because my surgery was nerve sparing. My urologist explained that even if the nerves are spared, the surgery significantly disrupts certain bunches of arteries. This can make it difficult for blood to properly flow into the penis.

My Introduction to Vacuum Therapy

I figured that he could just write me a prescription for Viagra or Cialis and that would be that. Of course, the urologist dashed my hopes again by explaining that neither medication could repair the damage to the nerves, arteries, veins, and tissue in the penis. I was about ready to give up at this point, but he then mentioned vacuum therapy. I was obviously nervous about putting a pump on my already-damaged penis, but he insisted that vacuum therapy was safe and that it was the most effective way to bring highly oxygenated blood back into the pelvic area and repair the damage. He said that most urologists propose a period of vacuum therapy after radical prostate surgery and that it can help stave off any penis shrinkage.

After several vacuum therapy sessions, I finally feel like my life is back on track. I am getting proper erections and enjoying sex with my wife once again. I’ve even noticed that I sometimes get normal erections without the use of the pump! Vacuum therapy is the only thing that has worked for me following prostate surgery, and I can’t recommend it enough.

-Bill G.

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