Compared to men who have traditional prostate cancer operations, Harvard researchers say there is a greater risk of losing sexual function and urine control in men who have prostate cancer surgeries designed to reduce blood loss and hospital stays, reports the Detroit Free Press.
During the prostate cancer surgery in question, surgeons use a technique that requires three or four small cuts in the abdomen. According to the article, this technique is used in 40% of procedures to remove prostates.
Findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association show that men undergoing this type of surgery were 40% more likely to be impotent and 30% more likely to be incontinent,
A Detroit urologist who helped pioneer the technique for this surgery, which was introduced in 2001, disagrees with the study's findings.
Dr. Mani Menon, director of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, shared data on 4,800 prostate cancer procedures of this type, which show the complication rates in Detroit are half of those reported by the national study. And unlike the study, his data includes men of all ages.
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