What are the risks of the procedure?
As with any procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Bleeding or blood in the urine
- Soreness or swelling in the region where the needles are placed
- Swelling around the penis or scrotum
- Freezing may affect the bladder and intestines, which can lead to pain and burning sensations
- Urge to empty the bladder and bowels more often (most men recover normal function in several weeks)
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence) for around 80 percent of men, which is usually permanent
- Urinary incontinence is rare; however, this may be more common if the man has had prior radiation therapy
- Fistula (an abnormal opening) between the rectum and bladder is also a rare complication
- There may be other risks depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.