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Causes of Impotence

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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).

Impotence is very common after removal of the prostate gland (radical prostatectomy) for prostate cancer; other surgeries, in this part of the body, including many not listed above, can do this as well.

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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