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What are some radical prostatectomy side effects?

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Possible side effects of a radical prostatectomy include urinary incontinence and erection trouble, states WebMD. Up to half of the men who have a radical prostatectomy have issues with urinary incontinence. Issues range from some dribbling to the necessity of incontinence undergarments.

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Radical prostatectomy is major surgery, and with it comes all the risks associated with any major surgery, states WebMD. These include anesthesia issues, blood clots and infections, but it is worth noting that erection trouble, and incontinence, can also be affected by radiation and the general condition of a man’s health to begin with. Medications like Viagra or Cialis may help with erection issues.

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