Recovery of Erectile Function After Robotic Prostatectomy: Evidence-Based Outcomes

Philipp Dahm, Diana Kang, Taryn L. Stoffs, Steven E. Canfield

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Abstract

Several reported advantages of the robotic-assisted laparoscopic approach to the treatment of clinically localized prostate cancer include superior results for erectile function as one of the critical outcomes of radical prostate surgery. This article provides a critical assessment of the evidence that exists for erectile function outcomes based on a systematic literature review. We found that the low methodological and reporting quality of existing studies did not appear well suited to guide clinical practice. A new framework of prospective investigation using validated patient self-assessment instruments would seem critical to the future advancement of this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages9
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

Keywords

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy
  • Systematic review

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