Is There Sex After Robotic Prostate Surgery? Yes – If You Choose the Right Surgeon and Procedure
NEW YORK, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Robotic prostatectomy and prostate cancer treatment expert Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, says a return to a normal sex life can be achieved after robotic prostate surgery. Thanks to the nerve-sparing feature of his signature surgical technique, a majority of men (85%) recover their potency within one year of the procedure. “To me, it’s unacceptable that once men have survived the threat of prostate cancer, the trauma of prostate surgery, and have resumed their normal life activities, to then have to deal with sexual performance problems,” said Samadi. “This is not a full return of a man’s quality of life, which is why I try to reassure my patients that regaining sexual function after proper prostate cancer treatment is a reality.”
Quality of life is extremely important to Dr. Samadi. He credits his SMART Surgery Technique (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) for allowing him to offer the ultimate trifecta in prostate cancer treatment. “The trifecta includes a 97% cancer cure rate, 96% recovery of continence and 85% recovery of sexual potency within 1 year,” said Samadi, who has performed more than 3,300 successful robotic surgeries in his practice at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Samadi is confident that his novel SMART Surgery allows patients a greater chance of recovering their continence and sexual function. However, he does acknowledge cases where this is not possible, despite the benefits of SMART Surgery. “It’s impossible to predict or guarantee success with all cases, because of other unforeseen circumstances and issues,” said Samadi. “In difficult cases, I follow up with my patients after their robotic prostatectomy, and recommend, penile rehabilitation therapy, if needed.” This therapy includes the use of erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra that aid with rehabilitation and recovery of potency.
In a majority of cases, Dr. Samadi does not have to resort to more aggressive penile rehabilitation techniques, such as implants, because SMART Surgery does not traumatize the nerves around the prostate responsible for sexual function. “I usually wait six weeks, post-op, to check on a patient’s progress before prescribing medications – in most cases, if the nerves were left intact, the penile rehabilitation therapy will work.” Samadi says a multi-pronged approach in treating erectile dysfunction is best, because medication alone is not enough; especially since insurance companies can be limited in the amount of medications they give to patients. “So we have to find other ways around it to solve the problem,” said Samadi, “And our efforts with penile rehabilitation therapy combined with medication have been largely successful in enabling our patients to enjoy a satisfactory sex life after robotic prostate surgery.”
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