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  • What is Laser Prostate Surgery?

    Last updated: December 31, 2011 | Posted by Rajeev Sanghvi

    Having laser surgery on your prostate might seem like a scary option. But it’s actually a very low invasion way to treat the symptoms of an BPH (enlarged prostate).

    The goal of the surgery is to remove any prostate tissue that is blocking your urinary flow.

    Are There Alternatives to Having Laser Prostate Surgery?

    Yes, there are other options to having the laser procedure, but you’ll need to consider whether they are as less invasive and safe (and effective) as laser. Also not all options are suitable for all people (ask your doctor).
    They can include:

    • TURP – Trans Urethral Resection of Prostate?
    • Medication
    • TUNA – Transurethral Needle Ablation
    • Open Prostatectomy
    • TUMT – Transurethral Microwave Therapy

    What Are The Benefits of Laser Treatment Over Other Prostate Treatments?

    The idea of laser treatment, of any kind, is that it is minimally invasive, effective, doesn’t require extensive time to recover and doesn’t cause side effects. Compared with medications, laser is more effective at improving the urine flow. The benefit of prostate laser surgery is that the treatment is fast and so is the recovery period. There is also less risk of complications occurring that can happen with the other above mentioned treatment options.

    How Effective Is Prostate Laser Surgery?

    The goal is to improve your urinary flow, and laser treatment usually does that in most cases. The results are very quickly noticeable, in fact almost immediately. Some types of laser surgeries such as Laser-Induced Interstitial Thermotherapy (LITT) can cause the symptoms to get worse before improving. Your physician will explain if this is applicable to you so it is important not to be alarmed.
    There are times when the treatment does not result in a total removal of all prostate tissue. In these cases a second laser treatment may be required at a later date.

    There are different types of lasers and different types of surgery techniques and generally laser surgery doctors will have their favored and recommended equipment and methods. New and improved methods are being discovered all the time and your doctor will be able to speak to you about the vairous options and the ones that he/she recommends for your condition.

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    Sources: Mayoclinic

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