Laser Treatment for BPH
Enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common problem that many men experience as they age. The enlarged prostate itself is usually unproblematic and not indicative of prostate cancer. However, because the body has allotted just enough space for its various organs at a normal size, the expansion of any one could cause symptoms that require treatment. In the case of the enlarged prostate, a man may face decreased urine flow and a change in urinary frequency that disrupts daily living. Dr. Shridharani is a urologist and men’s health specialist who utilizes both traditional and innovative therapies to address this problem. The holmium laser is one of them.
What is Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate?
An enlarged prostate can cause symptoms beyond a frequent need to urinate and poor urine flow. Depending on the size of the prostate, a man may also lose bladder control or become unable to pass urine. Historically, surgery has been performed to reduce the consequences of BPH. More recently, experienced urologists have begun performing holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). Rather than resecting the prostate, HoLEP utilizes laser energy to precisely remove enlarged areas that are causing symptoms.
The HoLEP procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon inserts a small instrument called a resectoscope through the urethra. A camera on the end of the scope provides a clear view of the prostate gland, which allows the doctor to accurately identify incision locations. The laser fiber is then inserted through the resectoscope and laser energy is applied to vaporize an incision line, removing tissue as needed to reduce pressure on surrounding structures. Because the laser emits thermal energy, blood vessels seal immediately after tissue removal. The effectiveness of HoLEP is superior to other options because it completely removes the blocking tissue rather than burning it or pushing it back.
Reaching a New Norm after BHP Treatment
The HoLEP procedure does not usually require an overnight stay in the hospital and the urinary catheter in place stay in only overnight. Compared to the TURP procedure or Greenlight the HoLEP is an advancement, getting you home and urinating better quicker than the rest.
HoLEP treatment for BPH offers a new norm for men affected by prostate enlargement. To reach a point of permanent improvement can take some time but effect are usually noticeable after several days after the procedure. Patients often notice that they continue to urinate frequently after their procedure. This is not because the treatment didn’t work but because it can take time for the bladder to adjust and for muscle function to be restored.
If you have symptoms of an enlarged prostate, you may be a good candidate for HoLEP treatment. Call 423-778-4636 to schedule your consultation at our Chattanooga office.