Some men get impotence after ostomy surgery. This state refers to the loss of sexual enjoyment, and inability to sustain an erection long enough to ejaculate. It can be quite frustrating in the end.
It may sound like a challenge, but talking to your spouse about this matter can help you to live a healthy and happy life. It is necessary to remain honest to get your spouse on board to deal with this phase. All it requires is positivity to get back your strength.
It can be temporary
It is not uncommon to have temporary impotence after ostomy surgery. After the operation, you might experience a loss of sexual desire and performance. Don’t be discouraged about it. The healing process could take a long time. It may take up to two years for you to recover fully. After two years, you will be able to know whether or not the issue is permanent. If you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation, this can also leave an impact on your sexual performance.
It can be a lifestyle issue
Impotence can be a complicated problem. It can occur in men of different ages, and for varying reasons. More often than not, it is not even a direct result of surgery.
Impotence can be a result of both psychological and physical factors. In many cases, it is only due to the doubt about your ability to have erections or climax. If that is the case, a vicious cycle of loss of belief and continued failure starts, and it continues until you do something about it.
Other lifestyle issues that can contribute to impotence include:
- Use of drugs and alcohol
- Performance anxiety
Impact of surgery is not out of the question
Sometimes, any damage to the nerves that govern erection or ejaculation during ostomy surgery can lead to impotence. The nerve pathway, which gives way to stimuli to travel to result erection, is very close to the rectum. If this pathway receives damage during the surgical procedure, it can affect a person’s ability to have or maintain an erection.
Men with colostomy are more vulnerable to impotence, especially the ones undergoing extensive colostomy surgery. Such treatment can result in damage to the nerves that run stimuli that result in an erection.
In most of the cases, the impotence resulting from surgery is not permanent. Even in that case, medical science has developed enough to help impotent people.