The first radical prostatectomy was performed in 1904 by Dr Hugh Hampton Young. In the early days, most men suffered severe incontinence and erectile dysfunction after this procedure. Fortunately, potency was improved for men undergoing radical prostatectomy with the identification of the cavernous nerves. The first cavernous nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy was performed by Dr Patrick Walsh in 1982. Despite improvements with the nerve-sparing prostatectomy, erectile dysfunction remains a common side effect of prostate cancer treatments and is a major factor in treatment decisions.
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