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Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2010 Jul;40(1):71-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2010.03.007. Epub 2010 Apr 18.

Sexual dysfunction after elective endovascular or hand-assisted laparoscopic abdominal aneurysm repair.

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Department of Surgery, Transplantation and Advanced Technologies, Vascular Surgery and Organ Transplant Unit, University Hospital of Catania, Via Santa Sofia, 86, 96123 Catania, Italy. pveroux@unict.it

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the incidence of sexual dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation after elective endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

METHODS:

A total of 100 patients eligible for elective repair of infrarenal AAAs were randomised in two groups: EVAR and HALS. The quality of sexual function was evaluated using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF), a 15-item questionnaire. Patients completed the IIEF preoperatively and at 12 months. The incidence of retrograde ejaculation was also evaluated.

RESULTS:

One- and 12-month mortality rates were zero. Three patients in the EVAR group (6%) and two patients in the HALS group (4%) reported an erectile dysfunction (p = NS). The quality of sexual function at 1 year was similar in both groups: total score of 66 in the EVAR group versus 68 in the HALS group (p = 0.66). Retrograde ejaculation was detected in three cases in the HALS group versus no case in the EVAR group.

CONCLUSIONS:

The HALS technique could be a minimally invasive alternative for sexually active males unsuitable for EVAR repair.

PMID:
20403714
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejvs.2010.03.007
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