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ObjectiveTo 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).MethodsA 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.ResultsOne- 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 …
WB Saunders
Publication date: 
1 Jul 2010

P Veroux, G D'Arrigo, M Veroux, A Giaquinta, A Lomeo

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Volume: 40 Issue: 1 Pages: 71-75
European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery