Urological Prostheses

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The recent proliferation of accessible medical information has increased the general awareness that there are often many, and different, treatment alternatives. Patient preference is naturally directed towards those solutions that are non-invasive and that are the least aggressive. Although such approaches may superficially seem more desirable, and are usually not harmful, they are not always the most effective, or the most prudent, of choices. Often they only delay, or prevent, the use of the most appropriate therapies.

Unfortunately, especially in those areas related to self esteem, the information provided is usually primarily designed to encourage the continued use of some product. This typically occurs when the touted benefits are questionable and when the end results do not justify either the risks or the costs. Sometimes other more relevant treatment choices may even be actively discouraged. This planned disinformation only compounds the patient's original concerns.

This purposeful marketing has been particularly obvious in those personally vulnerable areas of impotence and male urinary incontinence.

1999, Patrick E. Wherry MD