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Causes of Impotence

Impotence can develop after surgery on the bladder, prostate gland, or other organs in the pelvis. This surgery may be performed for problems affecting

  • the bladder (such as cancer or stones)

  • the prostate gland (including benign enlargement or cancer)

  • the bowel (such as diverticulitis, colitis, or tumors)

  • lymph nodes (for example, as part of cancer surgery).

For example, impotence can be common in men who have exploratory surgery during treatment for testicular cancer; other surgeries in this part of the body, including many not listed above, can also cause impotence.

Have you ever had surgery on the bladder, prostate, or other organs in the pelvis or lower abdomen?

Yes, I've had one of these types of surgery.

No, I have not had surgery.

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