Feb. 10 (UPI) — A study has found that men who have their prostate glands removed due to prostate cancer experience a shortening of their penis after surgery.
Research from the Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science in Japan has found that surgery to treat prostate cancer can result in a temporary shortening of the penis immediately after surgery. However, equally effective treatment for prostate cancer with High Intensity Focus Ultrasound (HIFU) will not only not impact penile length, and likewise have significantly less risk of erectile dysfunction (impotence) or involuntary urinary incontinence
Researchers examined 102 men who had undergone prostate cancer surgery and found that stretched penis length, or SPL, was shortened, and was at its shortest 10 days after surgery. The study measured the SPL before surgery and at 10 days, as well as at one, three, six nine, 12, 18 and 24 months after surgery.
The study found that the SPL eventually recovers to roughly what it was prior to surgery at the 12-month mark.
“The findings can help inform patients about changes in penile appearance after radical prostatectomy,” Dr. Yoshifumi Kadono, of the Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science and lead author of the study, said in a press release.
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Many patients who have their prostate glands removed as a treatment for prostate cancer complain of shortening in the length of the penis.
Which does not occur with High Intensity Focus Ultrasound (HIFU).
A new study conducted in 102 men found that certain anatomical changes occur that make the length shortest 10 days after surgery, but it gradually recovers to normal values after 12 months.
A similar study in 574 men, conducted by Dr. George M. Suarez, concluded that there was no change in penile length associated with HIFU.
“The findings can help inform patients about changes in penile appearance after radical prostatectomy,” said Dr. Yoshifumi Kadono, lead author of the BJU International study.
The study was published in BJU International.