Focused Laser Ablation for Enlarged Prostate in Chattanooga TN
A few years ago, the FDA approved the use of focused laser ablation (FLA) for the treatment of prostate cancer. Patients receiving these treatments found that their symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) resolved at the same time. From that relationship, the FDA approved the use of focused laser ablation to treat BPH.
Dr. Shridharani performs this new treatment at his Chattanooga offices.
What is Focused Laser Ablation?
In contrast to laser energy that vaporizes tissue, the laser used for these treatments of enlarged prostate glands acts as a coagulant, shrinking the tissue. The laser is directed to the enlarged area of the prostate and the laser energy is applied. This shrinks the enlarged tissue and produces maximum effects with very few, if any, side effects.
How is Focused Laser Ablation Used to Treat Enlarged Prostate?
When a patient has symptoms of BPH Dr. Shridharani first maps out the prostate and the treatment path by using an MRI. Once the patient is anesthetized, a hollow needle guide is threaded through the rectum to the prostate. Next, Dr. Shridharani passes a laser fiber optic through the guides to the specific area or areas of enlargement. The laser is activated for two to three minutes and this energy reduces the bulky enlarged prostate tissue. This energy creates strategic tissue shrinkage by generating harmless scar tissue that is reabsorbed by the body.
Throughout the procedure, Dr. Shridharani monitors software within the laser system to ensure temperatures stay in the optimal range, causing the enlarged tissue to shrink but not causing tissue damage.
What are the Advantages of Using Focused Laser Ablation for BPH?
Most treatments of the prostate involve reaching it through the urethra. This can create some serious side effects such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence. But focused laser ablation has few side effects because it doesn’t come in contact with the urethra at all. These are the advantages of focused laser ablation for BPH:
- Nothing is inserted into the penis/urethra
- No general or spinal anesthesia, only local numbing
- Outpatient procedure
- One-time treatment with excellent results
- Minimal to no residual side effects
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Focused Laser Ablation for BPH?
Candidates for this new treatment have some or all of these symptoms, as the enlarged prostate is causing pressure on the urethra:
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Increased frequency of night urination
- Difficulty starting stream
- Weak urine stream
- Dribbling at end or urination
- Inability to completely empty the bladder
What are the Risks of Focused Laser Ablation for BPH?
Unlike other procedures to treat BPH, in focused laser ablation, Dr. Shridharani does not have to use the urethra as an entry point. This precludes the side effects that are associated with compromising the urethra: erectile dysfunction, retrograde ejaculation, and urinary incontinence.
With focused laser ablation for BPH, there are few, if any, side effects. There is a slight risk for some blood in the urine as the prostate heals, but this resolves quickly.
What is Recovery Like After Focused Laser Ablation for Enlarged Prostate?
There isn’t any recovery required. This is an outpatient procedure and patients can immediately return to their normal activities.
If you are in Chattanooga or Knoxville TN, Northern Georgia, Huntsville AL or the surrounding areas and are interested in focused laser ablation treatment for BPH, call (423) 778-4MEN (4636) or visit our contact us page to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shridharani today!