Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) refers to a non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland that happens to most men as they grow older. This enlargement may lead to a variety of urinary symptoms, such as a weak urinary stream, difficulty starting the stream, frequent urination, urgent urination, arising from sleep to urinate and move. For many men, it is not necessarily a condition that requires medical attention beyond a change in diet or lifestyle. However, in serious cases it can cause a complete inability to urinate, infection, bladder stones or failure of the bladder or kidneys to function properly.
In such cases, our enlarged prostate program offers a wide variety of treatment plans designed to be tailored to individual patients. One of our most innovative procedures is the photovaporization of the prostate using a GreenLight laser. This technique allows for the direct removal of prostate tissue similar to what occurs during the more traditional transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
The results with the GreenLight laser simulate those that can be achieved with a TURP, which has been the gold standard for treating men with enlarged prostates for decades. However, the morbidity, side effects and recovery period after GreenLight treatment are far superior to those seen with TURP.