Remember our conversation about the benefits of penile injections for treating erectile dysfunction (ED)? Well, penile injections after prostate surgery could also come in handy.
How do penile injections work?
A penile injection usually includes 3 medications–papaverine, phentolamine, and alprostadil–that help open and relax your smooth muscle tissue and blood vessels. The injection is given in the base of the penis.
By relaxing your blood vessels, more blood flows to the penis. This increased blood flow results in an erection, which is how penile injections treat ED.
What makes penile injections useful after surgery?
Surgeries for prostate cancer or bladder cancer in men may damage nerve tissue in the pelvic area. If this is the case, your doctor might recommend penile injections and/or oral ED medications like sildenafil to help you regain your natural erectile function after surgery. These treatments are most common within the first year after surgery and are sometimes called sexual rehabilitation.
By encouraging blood flow to the penis after surgery, you make sure your penis gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay healthy and work as intended.
Regaining natural erectile function goes a long way towards improving quality of life post-surgery. In studies, men have reported improved sexual activity, sexual satisfaction, and better mental health at-large.
How can you try penile injections?
Individualized penile injections are available from The Compounding Center. Our pharmacists work with your physician to make sure your penile injections are optimized for your body and health status.
Options can include individual doses of prostaglandin, papaverine, phentolamine or some combination of each or all of those ingredients.