Prostate laser therapy is used to relieve moderate to severe urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The way prostate laser surgery is conducted involves the doctor inserting a scope through the tip of your penis into the tube (urethra) that carries urine from your bladder. A laser is then passed through the scope. The lasers use concentrated light to generate precise and intense heat, which is used to shrink or to remove the excess tissue that is blocking the urethra and preventing urine flow.
There are different types of prostate laser surgery and the type of laser surgery your doctor will perform depends on several factors, including the size of your prostate, your health, the type of laser equipment available and your doctor’s training.
Some of the advantages of the Prostate Laser Therapy are:
- Lower risk of bleeding laser surgery
- Shorter or no hospital stay
- Recovery from laser surgery generally takes less time than recovery from TURP or open surgery
To prepare for Prostate Laser Therapy, patients will be advised by their doctors not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure. The patients will also need to disclose all the medication they currently take as the procedure may risk possible side-effects if medication isn’t stopped several days prior to the laser surgery.
Before the surgery begins, the patient will be given anesthesia, rendering them unconscious during the procedure. Laser surgery for an enlarged prostate can take anywhere from half-an-hour to a couple of hours depending on the size and anatomy of the prostate being treated. After the procedure, you may have a urinary catheter in place because urine flow is blocked by swelling. This may cause some pain when passing urine for a few days. Men will be asked by their doctors to refrain from any sexual activity for a few weeks as well.
Dr. Kenneth Essig is a Board Certified Urologist with over 10 years of experience performing no-scalpel vasectomy and Prostate Cancer Second Opinion. He has performed thousands of vasectomies in the comfort of an office setting and was rated as the top Urologist in Orlando, Florida by ZocDoc and recognized by Vasectomy.com as one of the premier specialists for Vasectomies. He is highly regarded as one of the best Urologist in Winter Haven and is proud to serve the residents of Orlando including those in Clermont, Davenport and Winter Park. If you are interested in trustworthy expertise, look no further than Dr. Kenneth Essig.