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Penobscot Bay Urology has initiated a program that is designed to quicken the recovery of erectile function following radical prostatectomy (open or laproscopic) or total cryoablation of the prostate for prostate cancer.
Immediately after these cancer treatments, the normal blood flow is diminished due to potentially reversible damage to the penile nerve supply. Fewer nerve impulses reaching the penis results is less blood reaching the penis. Gradually, the fibrous tissue in the penis will loose its elasticity and many smooth muscles cell will disappear. The result is a shorter, non-pliable penis.
Penile rehabilitation is designed to prevent these changes by promoting normal blood flow and stretching penile tissue. First, medications are prescribed that dilate the blood vessels that deliver oxygen-rich blood to the penis. Second, a vacuum device is used to draws blood into the penis through these dilated vessels. The greater flow of blood stretches the fibrous tissue and provides nutrients to the penile smooth muscle.
At Penobscot Bay Urology, we offer a program that educates men to be able to use the vacuum device and the medications used to treat erectile dysfunction. Customarily after the first visit, patients will have the means to help restore erectile function.
You are invited to participate in this program. Please call (207) 593-5400 for an appointment or for an answer to any of your questions regarding the program.
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