By MaleProstateHealth • March 6, 2016 • Comments Off on Laser for prostate surgery
Another way to treat an enlarged prostate is by using a laser for prostate surgery. Light energy carves the prostate to its desired size to alleviate the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). But this technique is basically no different from conventional surgery and has the same side effects namely impotence, inability to control urination and retrograde ejaculation.
So before you go under the knife, check with your doctor whether surgery or laser for prostate surgery is really for you. Surgery is often required only if BPH threatens your health. There are other situations that mandate surgical intervention.
Laser for prostate surgery is used to relieve moderate to severe urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). During prostate laser surgery, your doctor inserts a scope through the tip of your penis into the tube that carries urine from your bladder (urethra).
The urethra is surrounded by the prostate. A laser is passed through the scope. The laser delivers energy that is used to shrink or to remove the excess tissue that is blocking the urethra and preventing urine flow. All lasers use concentrated light to generate precise and intense heat.
There are different types of prostate laser surgery, such as:
Another experimental non-surgical technique is available for those with BPH. In prostatic ballooning, a deflated cylindrical balloon attached to a catheter is inserted into the penis. As soon as it reaches the obstructed area, the balloon is inflated 10 to 15 times, pushing aside the enlarged prostate. This procedure is usually combined with microwave heating which shrinks the bulging prostate.
Thousands of prostatic ballooning has already been successfully performed. Although it’s still too early to tell how long this compression will hold, the technique appears to be simpler, safer and cheaper than an operation and most patients can go home the very next day.
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