SEXUAL DYSFUNCTIONS POST- RECTOSIGMOIDECTOMY

Personal oncological experience in the Surgery Clinic of the University “Minas Gerais”, Brazil

Andy PETROIANU MD, PhD.

Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Rectosigmoidectomy usually leads to evacuation disorders and, depending on surgical aggressiveness, urinary and genito-sexual problems as well.

OBJECTIVE: Comments on the sexual adversities resulting from rectosigmoidectomy, with emphasis on their etiopathogenesis and behavioral consequences.

COMMENTARY: This article discusses the rectosigmoidectomy in its historical, present and future aspects. The impacts of the surgical and radiotherapy trauma on the genito-sexual structure were described, emphasizing their effects under anatomical, pathophysiological and behavioral point of view.

CONCLUSION: The rectosigmoidectomy has been progressively less aggressive to sexual functions with better outcome, due to advances on the surgical techniques, which lead to lower response to trauma.

Keywords:

sexual dysfunctions, rectosigmoidectomy, rectosigmoid cancer, surgery, radiotherapy, post-operative

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