Colon cancer, bowel surgery, and pelvic surgery are all major contributors to erectile dysfunction (ED), when surgery is required. Seventy-five percent of men experience ED after treatment for colorectal surgeries due to severed nerves or damaged nerve bundles related to the surgical process.
Unlike prostate cancer, men with colorectal cancer are not routinely offered information and treatment for ED. Greater coordination of care and consistent strategies are needed to tackle the unmet needs of this diverse patient group. It is not uncommon for these patients to learn about ED after their treatment with surgery and chemotherapy has been completed.
We are looking for colorectal surgeons to mutually refer patients to us for ED related to:
- Colorectal cancer
- Pelvic surgery (radical prostatectomy, radical cystectomy, abdominoperineal resection, total pelvic exenteration, left hemi colectomy, proctectomy) pre op and post op
These men usually have other risk factors for ED, including: diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol. We believe that we can have a positive impact in this community by working closely with providers to help them educate their patients about ED. We have developed a specialized Penile Restoration Program designed to improve erectile function and believe that this program would benefit men with ED after colorectal surgery or other medical therapy for colon or rectal cancer. We’re ready to work with Colorectal Surgeons to help them develop pre-op and post-op protocols for better outcomes for their patients coping with ED.
Pre op: full Sexual Medicine education and evaluation before any major colorectal surgery procedure
Post op: follow up and management of any new or old sexual health issues
Rehab: consider penile restoration as part of post-surgery recovery