Laser Ablation for Enlarged Prostate in Chattanooga TN
Treatment options for BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) 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 treatment for an enlarged prostate carries a risk for impotence, urethral narrowing and incontinence. Laser ablation for BPH is an alternative to TURP and open prostatectomy.
If you suffer from an enlarged prostate and are considering laser ablation, contact one of our offices in Chattanooga TN today to schedule an appointment.
What is Laser Ablation Treatment for Enlarged Prostate?
Laser ablation 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 enlarged prostate 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 of laser ablation.
Who is a Candidate for Laser Ablation?
Ideal candidates for laser ablation for an enlarged prostate are:
- 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 be appropriate for men with an extremely enlarged prostate.
Laser Ablation Results
Laser ablation provides long-term results for an enlarged prostate. 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. The urologists at UT Urology have extensive experience with all types of minimally invasive treatments for enlarged prostate, 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.
Think you may need laser ablation therapy for an enlarged prostate in Chattanooga, Cleveland, and East Ridge, TN? Call our office at (423)-778-8765 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.