Urologic Conditions & Treatments

Laser Ablation
Enlarged Prostate Treatment Chattanooga TN

enlargerd prostate tnTreatment options for BPH related LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) include invasive procedures like Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) and minimally invasive procedures using heat, microwave therapy or light. TURP carries a risk for impotence, urethral narrowing and incontinence. Laser based prostatectomy for BPH is an alternative to TURP and open prostatectomy.

Laser surgery targets the enlarged prostate tissue, and provides fast relief from moderate to severe BPH, with less risk of major bleeding and quick recovery. The laser uses concentrated light to vaporize excess tissue or remove obstructive prostate tissue. This minimally invasive procedure is beneficial to treat or prevent complications from BPH including frequent urinary tract infections, bladder stones, the inability to empty your bladder, and kidney and bladder damage.

The UT Urology providers use cutting-edge technology called a Thulium laser. It provides better results than traditional surgery with less bleeding, decreased hospital stays and avoids TURP Syndrome- a rare but potentially deadly side effect of standard Transurethral Resection of the Prostate.   Most men are able to have their catheters removed the following day, avoiding an indwelling catheter which prevents rapid recovery. Most men are able to return to work within a week.

Who is a candidate for laser therapy?

  • Men who wish to avoid the adverse effects of TURP including impotence and incontinence.
  • Elderly disabled patients
  • Patients with severe medical conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, cirrhosis, active alcoholism, psychosis and serious lung, kidney or heart disease.
  • Men on blood thinners.

This procedure may not appropriate for men with extremely large prostates. Laser ablation provides long-term results. The laser procedure has been compared to other techniques and was found to positively affect urinary symptoms, led to less time with a urinary catheter, and can subsequently improve quality of life. UT urologists have extensive experience with all types of minimally invasive BPH treatments and will assist you in deciding which treatment option suits you or your loved one the best. Improving quality of life is our ultimate goal, and we appreciate the ability to help guide you through the process.

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