Learn how to overcome enlarged prostate through TUNA, TURP, Greenlight laser therapy and other minimally invasive procedures
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, more commonly referred to as BPH, is a recurrent urological condition plaguing many men as they age. Fortunately, surgical options designed to correct and/or alleviate the bothersome, sometimes life-altering symptoms associated with this malady do exist.
While easier treatments for enlarged prostate should be tried first such as diet and vitamins, there are several surgical options that exist for more severe cases of BPH. The specific procedure a man and his doctor will choose to undergo will be determined by your unique circumstances including the severity of the BPH, your overall health and age.
The Alarcon Urology Center, a national leader in urological care, invites men to read the following article discussing BPH and details about the various surgical treatment options available.
What is BPH?
When a man grows older, his prostate (a tiny organ between the bladder and penis) typically enlarges. Should this growth progress to a significant enough extent, BPH can develop. The prostate is also located near the urethra (the tube that carries urine and other bodily fluids through the penis and out of the body) and prostatic overgrowth often presses against this tube. Resulting symptoms include an increased urge to urinate (especially at night), accompanied by a diminished flow of urine. Read more…
Transurethral Resection Of The Prostate (TURP)
During this procedure, a surgeon uses an instrument known as a resectoscope into the penis and through the urethra to remove the obstructing prostatic tissue. The resectoscope is equipped with laser light and an electrical component that dissects excess tissue and flushes the waste product into the recipient’s bladder. Gradually, the waste exits the body when the recipient voids.
TURP is among the most commonly performed BPH-abating procedures in the United States. Typically, this surgery is well-tolerated and does not often elicit side effects such as incontinence or impotence. In most instances, hospital stays last only one to two days.
Transurethral Incision Of The Prostate (TUIP)
TUIP is performed when a surgeon uses a resectoscope to create small incisions in the region where the bladder and prostate meet. Doing so establishes a path for obstructed urine to travel out of the body.
This procedure is considered less invasive than TURP. Patients often leave the hospital mere hours after surgery is performed. That said, TUIP recipients may be at greater risk of developing unwanted urinary or sexual side effects.
Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP)/Greenlight Laser Treatment
When this procedure is employed, a surgeon uses a laser probe to zap the enlarged tissue and vaporize it away. Unlike other procedures, PVP Greenlight Laser treatment requires no cutting. Hospital stays are typically short and, in most instances, the only notable and/or long-standing side effect can be ejaculation difficulties.
Watch a patient video of GreenLight™ Laser Therapy filmed at the Alarcon Urology Center.
Transurethral Needle Ablation Of The Prostate (TUNA)
TUNA is performed by inserting radiofrequency needles through the urethra and into the prostate. Once the needles enter the prostate, a surgeon applies heat to the objects. The extreme temperatures the needles are exposed to enables them to kill enlarged tissue. This procedure is also considered minimally invasive and usually does not require an extended stay in hospital.
Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT)
Like TUNA, the TUMT procedure also uses heat to eliminate hyperplastic tissue. A surgeon executes this operation by sliding a catheter carrying a tiny microwave generator through the recipient’s penis and into the prostate. Once the apparatus enters the prostate, microwave particles generate heat and destroy obstructing tissue. TUMT is among the most minimally invasive BPH treatments and can often be performed on as an outpatient procedure.
Talk to a Urologist About BPH Treatment
If you or a loved one suffer from enlarged prostate or BPH, it is important that you discuss your treatment options with a qualified medical expert. The experienced doctors at the Alarcon Urology Center in Montebello, California specialize in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the next step towards relief.