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Golesburg) Register-Moi1 ,60 lesbufg, Monday, July 16, T973 5 '(#. Daunmlb/Family Dual Surgery Usual Case Or. Lamb By LAWRENCE LAMB, M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb - in 1963 I had a trans-urethral prostrate operation. „The young surgeon who operated performed A vasectomy on me at the same time without my knowledge or consent. I discovered that he had done so when I found that I could no longer ejaculate. His explanation when I questioned him was that he did it to avoid infection. My sex life since this operation has, been most unsatisfactory and I am convinced that his action was^unethical. Could I have sued him for malpractice? Dear Reader — Many urology surgeons perform a vasectomy at the time of the prostate operation. This has been done for years — fang before vasectomy operations were popularized for birth control. Many surgeons feel that this helps protect the testicles from becoming inflamed, a condition called orchi tis . which sometimes follows prostate operations. A vasectomy in no way affects ejaculation. Most of the fluid comes from the prostate and seminal vesicles. More likely, the valves that control the outlet of the bladder have been affected by surgery. This too is common and does not mean that your surgeon didn't do a good job. As a result, men commonly have backward ejaculation into the bladder. The sensations and reactions, however, should not change. Most often individuals who've had a prostate operation of the type you've had do not have sexual problems afterward, with or without a vasectomy. There are many other reasons for a man to have problems with his sex life. Often it has to do with psychological factors. Your difficulty may well be that you've not un derstood what your operation did, what type of responses you should expect, and have totally misunderstood what a vasectomy does in relationship to a man's sexual performance. Vasectomies, were once performed with the thought that it improved men's potency. On the basis of your letter you have no basis for a malpractice suit. I would suggest that you talk to your doctor and explain your problem. Perhaps he can explain to you more fully what the effects of the operation are. With a better understanding of the problem you might then regain your confidence and find a sig- Long-hokHng FASTEEW Powder. It takes the worry out of wearing dentures. IMJ I It- I II m nificarit improvement in your sex life.. Dear Dr. Lamb — In answer to your request from anyone who has worn the' stretch gloves, I am glad to say I have worn them for several months now and I can't get along without them at night. They have given me more relief than all the medical treatments I ever tried, and that means pills and all kinds of liniments I could get. So I sure can recommend them to anyone with arthritis. I used to be -up two or three times at night bathing my hands in hot water and ointments of all kinds but now I just slip on my stretch gloves and sl^ep all night. I am 83 years old. Believe me, I know what I am talking about. Dear Reader — Thanks for your comment. I've had a number of letters from people about satisfactory results using stretch gloves. Apparently these are very useful for individuals who have arthritis in the hands Readers tsl), me there are differences in the gloves, some of them get better' results with gloves that contain synthetic fi bers, some have been referred to as "miracle fibers," than they've gotten with cotton stretch gloves. There are a number of different types of gloves and the best thing I can recommend to those of you who have arthritis of the hands is to try the different types and see which ones help you the most. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's new booklet on constipation, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Constipation" booklet. 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