- Most studies report no change, either positive or negative, in erectile function after surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Why this matters
- BPH surgery is generally assumed to negatively affect erectile function, but the risk appears relatively low.
- Researchers used PRISMA guidelines to select and analyze 111 studies reporting erectile function after BPH surgery.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- 87 studies reported no significant erectile changes after BPH surgery.
- 16 studies reported significant improvement in erectile function.
- 8 studies reported a significant reduction in erectile function.
- Studies used no single definition of sexual dysfunction and varied in their use of the International Index of Erectile Function score.