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a selection from:

Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer by Michael Korda
continuing Part IV - Recovery



Page 244 - (go to page 243)


 
According to Dr. Walsh, I shouldn't anticipate anything more until a year to eighteen months after surgery, so he's not concerned. Dr. Josephy's view is more pessimistic, but then I'm not really any more anxious to have an implant for erectile dysfunction than one for incontinence. (You can't have both, by the way — there's a limit to how much plastic plumbing can be installed in a human being.)

On the off chance that my progress might be speeded up (or even jump-started), I paid a visit to Dr. J. Francois Eid, at the New York Hospital — Cornell Medical Center's Sexual Function Center, in New York City, the state-of-the-art facility for men's sexual problems, a building so modern, elegant, and tastefully furnished that it seemed unlikely that any of the baser human physical functions could be served there.

Considering the problems of Dr. Eid's patients, it seemed to me cruel, whether by design or by accident, that his nurses looked like beauty-contest winners, though on reflection, the intention may have been to encourage the patients to proceed with their treatment. In any event, there was certainly a startling contrast between the glum-looking men, mostly well-dressed and middle-aged, in the waiting room and the members of Dr. Eid's staff flashing past in their short white coats.

Eid himself was tall, youngish, athletic, and good-looking, with an almost imperceptible French accent and a cheerful ''can do'' attitude toward sexual function. He listened to my story sympathetically. The walls of the examination room I was in — there were several, the center is a kind of factory of male sexuality — bore elaborate posters advertising a pocket-size kit for self-injection, as well as for Dr. Eid's book, Making Love Again. Before I was finished telling him about my surgery he handed me a gown and asked me to strip.

As Dr. Eid examined me, he gave me the doomsday scenario which is at the core of his thesis: the more erectile dysfunction (he does not condone the use of the word impotence) continues, the more muscle tissue in the penis atrophies. The longer the patient puts off treatment, the less effective it will be, and the smaller the erection. He considers it such a severe problem that he recommends beginning a course of treatment as early as possible after surgery.


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