Wednesday, November 03, 2010
UHS introduces laser procedure for prostate enlargement
Doctors at UHS Wilson Medical Center have begun using a new surgical laser
procedure to treat non-cancerous prostate enlargement in men.
minimally invasive procedure uses a laser to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia
(BPH) quickly, safely and effectively, said UHS urologist Beng Jit Tan, M.D.,
The first two patients at UHS Wilson, a 78-year-old and a
67-year-old, are both recovering well after the therapy, which vaporizes
prostate tissue through a scope.
The procedures were performed on an
outpatient basis, with the patients going home later in the day.
this type of treatment, the patient normally goes home the same day as the
surgery, has very little, if any, bleeding and has no incisions at all," Dr. Tan
said. "It can even be done on large glands that previously would have required
more invasive surgery."
Dr. Tan uses the GreenLight XPS, a brand of
laser that provides more power, speed and accuracy than previous devices.
The GreenLight unit combines the effectiveness of transurethral
resection of the prostate (TURP), the traditional surgical method for treating
BPH, with the advantages of laser surgery’s fewer side effects.
laser energy to remove enlarged-prostate tissue, resulting in a shorter
catheterization, less discomfort, an open channel for freer urine flow and a
quick return to everyday activities,” he noted. “Most patients are able to
return home within a few hours and resume ordinary, non-strenuous activities
The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes to perform,
depending on the size of the prostate.
The treatment is not used for
BPH is a relatively common condition, especially in men
over age 60. While it is not related to prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate
gland can result in frequent or painful urination, a weak urine flow, incomplete
bladder emptying or problems with ejaculation.