Erectile Dysfunction Secondary to Pudendal Nerve Injury Complicating Orthopedic Surgery: Practical Recommandations

Sahbi Naouar, Salem Braiek, Rafik El Kamel


Erectile dysfunction (ED) resulting from direct damage of pudendal nerve injury during orthopedic surgery is common and closely associated to the use of traction tables. Prolonged countertraction on the fracture table and the inappropriate placement of the perineal post are the two main contributing factors. Clinical signs are essentially sensitive, such as hypoesthesia of the perineum. Urinary incontinence, ED and hypoesthesia or complete anesthesia of scrotum and glans penis are the main clinical manifestations. Electrophysiological examinations should be considered when symptoms are not regressive and in cases of vesico-sphincter dysfunction and immediate severe ED. No medical treatment has demonstrated its effectiveness. Pudendal nerve decompression was reported to be useful in some cases. Preventive measures should be considered by surgeons to avoid perineal traction injuries. Patients must be clearly informed about this possible neurological complication before an operation on the orthopedic table.

J Curr Surg. 2017;7(1-2):1-3


Erectile dysfunction; Pudendal nerve; Injury; Orthopedic surgery

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