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Hello all. I have been doing a lot of reading about BPH and Prostate Cancer. Some may find this boring and some may what to know. I find it very interesting.
Male urinary problems have been around for every. But could not be diagnosed because they did not have the test we have today. They were never able to say what it was until the patient died. Many men with urinary retention were treated with catheters. Surgery is a product of the last 100 years.
Jean Riolan in 1649 was the first to suggest that a enlarged prostate could cause urinary retention. At that time there was little medical interest in a enlarge prostate until the 18 th century. Doctors sought means to carry a cutting or a piercing tool around with them because they new that if a man went into retention that this would make a new channel. Can you imagine the pain these men have to go through. I feel very sorry for them.
A doctor in 1756 passed a lance shape stylet through a open end catheter through the median lobe of this older man. He lived 10 years. After he died the doctor found out that the prostate was enlarged and what he did 10 years earlier made a tunnel so the man could void. This procedure was done by some of the other doctor of that time and all patients died. ( I guess what they said counts. You need to find a good doctor )
In 1830 a procedure was done to remove a stone. When he was taking out the stone some of the tissue got caught in the forceps and was removed. He found out that the man was able to void much better. This was a accident and removing the tissue was not done for BPH. It was only use if a stone had to be removed and at that time they saw a blockage.
Doctor's have been going on like this for years to see what would be the best way to take care of BPH.
This one was really out there and was done on over 400 men. In the 1900's doctor felt that vasectomy and castration would be good for BPH. It did help a few. But the procedure were dropped because it did not catch on. I wonder why.
I could go on but I will try to wrap this up. In 2018 we have many procedure some have just come up over the last 10 years. We have many options to pick from. Much better then 300 years ago. It is up to the man to research the procedure that he is being told that would help his problem. Not all procedures work for all men. Also you have to see what side effects come with the procedures and what you can live with. Do your pros and cons. We all have different concerns.
Also talk it over with your wife or partner because any procedure you have is going to affect them. They are going to be there for you. That is the way it should be.
Now I only have a couple of things to say about Prostate Cancer. This was a very good article. It was called * Know your grade *
If you are told you have prostate cancer. Do not rush into any procedure. The side effect from surgery are from mild to extreme. Erection and pain with orgasm. To total loss of erection and incontinence. It is impossible to predict. That is why this doctor said. Knowing your stage and grade will help you. Staging provides insight into your treatment. Mild cancers deserve mild treatment. Aggressive cancers require aggressive treatment.
Suffering from treatments related to side affects as incontinence and sexual dysfunction is unacceptable if the cancer is mild. If it is life threatening then surgery is justified.. Most cancers are slow growing and can be watch for years. Most of the time it take 10 years for it to cause you a problem. He also said most of the time men died from something else other they prostate cancer.
I hope 2019 brings us hope and good health...........God Bless us all......Happy New Years.................Ken
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