Gerry Adams is in debt to his good friend, millionaire businessman and former Mutual of America CEO, Bill Flynn for picking up the tab for the laser treatment he received in New York to remove his enlarged prostate. You can read all about it here.
The condition can be painful – and Gerry Adams told RTE’s Marian Finucane over the weekend that he had been in pain for five years – can make having a pee something of a constant nightmare and can have a disastrously negative impact on a man’s sex life.
But the conventional treatment can be no joke either. For years the standard procedure involved a surgeon removing the offending prostate with a knife, maybe slicing the nerves that facilitate the male orgasm while potentially transforming the problem of too little pee too much of the time into a problem of too much pee all the time! It was a procedure most men would do anything to avoid.
In recent years however advances in laser technology have allowed surgeons to remove the prostate while minimizing damage to nerves or stimulating the bladder’s urge to empty. The procedure is called Green Light laser surgery and as you might expect it is not inexpensive.
The Broken Elbow estimated the cost of the operation that Gerry Adams had in New York at $30,000 but it seems that this figure was a bit on the low side. Newspaper reports this weekend suggested the true figure was nearer to $40,000.
That makes Bill Flynn a very generous benefactor indeed.
According to the version Adams gave to the Marian Finucane show, there was an element of urgency in his situation complicated by the absence of a facility that could provide the procedure in Belfast.
As Mr Adams put it: “I was in constant pain. I’ve been in constant pain for the last maybe five years. I checked with my doctor and at that time the treatment of that kind was not available in the North. My doctor here quite rightly recommended that I get the very best treatment possible and accepted the US consultant’s recommendation that it should be done with speed.”
A pity then, Gerry Adams didn’t do a little more homework. Had he done so, he might not have had to travel all the way to New York and he might have saved Bill Flynn a whack of money. There’s a private clinic in Belfast called the Chichester Clinic and according to its website it provides Green Light laser treatment for prostate conditions at one-seventh the cost in New York.
Now I don’t know how long this clinic has been providing the Green Light treatment. Its office was closed yesterday so phone calls and emails went unanswered. It is possible that the treatment was not available last August when Mr Adams underwent the procedure but it should be a simple matter to find out. Anyway here is the relevant page (go to the Prostate link) on the Chichester Clinic website: