As a man ages, he is almost sure to suffer from an enlarged prostate gland, properly called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). According to the American Urological Association, approximately 50% of men ages 51 to 60 are affected. By age 80, nine of every 10 men have BPH. Symptoms include frequent need to urinate, weak flow and difficulty emptying the bladder. Left untreated, BPH can lead to bladder damage, urinary tract infections or even kidney harm. As the name indicates, the condition is not fatal and is not related to prostate cancer. Still, most men affected will find symptoms adversely affect their lives and will, therefore, opt to treat their BPH. The best treatment option for many men will be laser fragmentation.
Reliable and Effective
Some men may have their doctor monitor the BPH but pursue no active treatment unless symptoms worsen. Another option is taking medications that relax bladder and prostate muscles, aiding the ability to urinate. Many such pills address symptoms but do nothing to shrink the enlarged glands, and side effects discourage some men from continuing treatment. By contrast, laser fragmentation offers a superior solution that eliminates even the most severe symptoms.
Fewer Downsides Than Other Surgeries
Because they are minimally invasive outpatient surgeries, laser solutions present fewer risks than inpatient procedures. There is often no need for general anesthesia and therefore no lengthy hospital stay is required. At home recovery time is shortened as well. While other minimally invasive procedures do exist, some merely reposition the obstructing tissue and others require a lengthy sloughing period. Laser fragmentation vaporizes the tissue and removes it immediately.
Because the machines are portable, convenient and maintenance-free the procedure can typically be performed in a private practice office or surgery center rather than a hospital. This results in significant savings for both doctor and patient. A comprehensive training program is included in the cost of the equipment so the patient can be assured he will be treated by educated medical personnel and receive the quality care he deserves.