Sexual and bladder dysfunction after total mesorectal excision for benign diseases

F. J.M. Slors*, P. P.M. Van Zuijlen, G. J. Van Dijk

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Purpose: An evaluation was made of sexual and bladder dysfunction combined with quality of life (QoL) score after a proctocolectomy with total mesorectal excision (TME) for benign diseases. Methods: An in-depth questionnaire was mailed to all patients (n = 94) who had undergone a proctocolectomy with TME followed by an ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) in the period from 1989 through 1994. Seventy-six patients responded (81%) with a mean age of 34 ± 10.6 years and a mean follow-up of 33 ± 18.3 months. Results: Sexual activity, satisfaction and libido were preserved better in males than in females. Severe sexual dysfunction was found in two males (permanent retrograde ejaculation) and in one female (complete vaginal dryness). No severe bladder dysfunction was found, although minor dysfunction, such as stress and urge incontinence, occurred frequently. QoL was significantly increased postsurgery. Moreover, no evident correlation was demonstrated between QoL and sexual and bladder dysfunction. Conclusion: A relatively low incidence of severe sexual and bladder disorders was found following proctocolectomy with TME and IPAA, whereas minor dysfunction was a relatively common finding. Nevertheless, a significant increase was found in postoperative QoL compared to preoperative QoL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-51
Number of pages4
JournalScandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Supplement
Issue number232
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000

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