Earlier in the thread, RickRed said, "I hope everyone everyone with prostate cancer can agree with this:
Everyone must find their own way and make their own life choices how to respond to the consequences of their chosen prostate cancer treatment."
I fully agree with this statement. And it's great that penile implants are available as an option for those who want them. And maybe PTSD, or something akin to it, prevents some men from availing themselves of this procedure. I personally think "a few men" would be more correct than "some men," but so be it.
I can assure you, though, that my personal lack of interest in this "remedy" has nothing to do with PTSD. My urologist has mentioned it as an option, my wife and I have talked about
it, and there is no PTSD involved in our shared decision that a penile implant is something in which neither of us has any interest.
I suppose it may be true that one reason some men don't choose this remedy is, indeed, a fear of further surgery, and if some psychologist wants to call that PTSD, who am I to argue? But, in all honesty, I (and I'm pretty sure many other men) fear any kind of surgery, whether it's a root canal or a knee replacement, and that has nothing to do with PTSD. I think it's simply a normal desire to avoid surgery. So, "some men" is probably a fair statement. But equally fair would be a statement such as "Most men simply have no interest in having an artificial device implanted in their penis." A lot of guys don't even want to stick a needle in their penis, and I don't think PTSD has anything to do with that. And, if injections with a tiny needle are a turn-off, how much more so the thought of an implant?
But, again, it's amazing that this technology is available, and to those men and their sex partners who choose to avail themselves of it, I say "Good for you."
Post Edited (clocknut) : 3/24/2015 8:26:10 AM (GMT-6)