ISSN 2149-3235 | E-ISSN 2149-3057
Invited Review
Perplexity of penile rehabilitation following radical prostatectomy
1 St Joseph Medical Center, Houston, Texas, USA  
2 Department of Urology İstinye State Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
3 Department of Urology, İstanbul University İstanbul School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
4 Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, University of Texas Health Science Center- McGovern Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA  
Turk J Urol 2019; 45: 77-82
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2019.18488
Key Words: Erectile function; penile rehabilitation; radical prostatectomy

Radical prostatectomy has significantly improved prostate cancer survival rates but continues to have a negative impact on the patient’s erectile function (EF). In attempts to improve erectile dysfunction (ED), clinicians have incorporated different treatment modalities to restore EF. Penile rehabilitation consists of understanding the mechanisms that affect post-prostatectomy EF and utilizing pharmacologic agents, devices, and interventions to promote the male sexual function. This article aims to summarize the available scientific research involving penile rehabilitation. Even though the current literature lacks to prove its irrefutable effectiveness, penile rehabilitation has a positive impact at the molecular and cellular levels, and it is widely adopted in clinic practices.


Cite this article as: Clavell-Hernandez J, Ermeç B, Kadıoğlu A, Wang R. Perplexity of penile rehabilitation following radical prostatectomy. Turk J Urol 2019; 45(2): 77-82.

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