Over the past year I’ve done a lot of research on issues relating to sexual function after RP. I started out with this because my dear husband was rendered impotent by his surgery. The doctor had given him the usual treatment: a prescription for Viagra, which we kept on renewing.
We watched and waited, and there was some progress, but not enough. W knew it took time and were confident that the “miracle” would happen tomorrow. After 7 months had elapsed and dear husband was still unable to function, we called the surgeon, who referred us to an ED doctor who was a colleague of his. Anyway, the doc didn’t work out. After three months he hadn’t even finished the “testing.”
I was fed up with all of this, so I decided to look for a competent impotence specialist on my own. I remember spending 3 hours in the library reading Castle Connolly’s Metro NY Top Doctors book. But it worked: I got some good prospects. DH went to see two doctors, and the second one turned out to be just right. His name is Arnold Melman, and he is a world-renowned expert on ED. He has written many books, including one on Viagra. And he was pleasant and unpretentious.
We found out from Dr. Melman that a lot of men who have RP are not given optimal treatment afterwords to help them function sexually or prevent long-term ED. He also said that the benefits of nerve-sparing RP were exaggerated. I felt that I was privileged to have access to a doctor of this caliber, and so I wanted to share what I had learned with the public. The first thing Dr. Melman told Ted was:
“You don’t need the Viagra