Release: 20 May 1998
Common medical wisdom had it that "nerve-sparing" surgery could
preserve sexual function in most
men treated for prostate cancer. A study in the Aug 6, 1997 issue of Journal
of the National Cancer Institute reveals that in fact, the surgery is just
about as destructive of sexual function as the traditional surgery.
A Harvard Medical School team surveyed 37 beneficiaries of the "nerve-sparing"
surgery and 12 of the traditional surgery. All 12 of the latter group were
impotent a year after surgery. So, contrary to expectations, were 33 of
the 37 men who had the newer procedure.
These sorts of results ought to be in the forefront of our thinking when
considering the claims of physicians that current genital surgeries
are vastly improved over any of the surgeries performed on intersex people
old enough to voice a complaint.