If a man is diagnosed with enlargement of the prostate gland, known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), there are a variety of treatments depending on the exact diagnosis. I am proud to offer GreenLight Laser therapy for qualified patients as one of those treatments. In my experience GreenLight therapy is a highly effective treatment with little side effects.
It’s very common for men over the age 45 to experience BPH (prostate enlargement). While not a lifethreatening condition, BPH does affect millions of men. In fact, half of all men in their 50s have some symptoms of BPH, and this number increases with aging.
In fact it’s estimated that over 8 million men above age 50 are candidates for BPH treatment.
If BPH is not dangerous, why would a man consider treatment? The answer is simple: as the prostate continues to get larger it increasing pressure on the urethra, (the tube that carries urine out of the body). The result is urinary symptoms that interfere with quality of life. These symptoms include leakage of urine, weak stream, discomfort, interrupted stream, sense of urgency, interrupted sleep due to nighttime urgency.
The GreenLight Laser treatment opens a channel for urine flow to pass through. It’s performed using a small fiber that is inserted into the urethra. The laser fiber delivers powerful energy which heats the prostate tissue, causing it to vaporize. In most cases, natural urine flow is restored quickly and urinary symptoms are rapidly relieved as function returns to normal.
The GreenLight Laser therapy is done under anesthesia, and is typically performed at our office.
- Rapid urine flow improvement
- Quick return to normal activities
- Virtually bloodless procedure that takes about an hour
- Long-lasting results
- Less than 1% reported cases of erectile dysfunction
- Short to possibly no catheterization
- Typically performed in the office and patients go home right after the procedure
- Over 500,000 patients treated worldwide
If you are male and experiencing urinary difficulties, be sure to have a proper diagnosis to determine the cause, and remember that timely and quality care can usually resolve the problem.