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Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Urologists are Now Using Breakthrough Laser Surgery to Treat Prostate Problems
Date:5/10/2013

ypes of surgery because it seals blood vessels as it works. The treatment is faster and more efficient than the former gold standard, TURP.

What Is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in males that is located below the bladder and surrounding the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis. The prostate, which is about the size of a walnut in teenage years, can grow to be as large as an orange by the time a man is in his 70s. An enlarged prostate surrounds and compresses the urethra, which obstructs the flow of urine. Untreated, it can cause problems in the bladder and kidneys. Obstruction from BPH presents as:

  •     Frequent urination, especially at night
  •     Weak urine flow
  •     Sudden urge to urinate
  •     Trouble starting and stopping urine stream
  •     Inability to completely empty the bladder
  •     Pushing or straining to urinate
  •     Pain or burning during urination

TURP—the Traditional Telescopic Surgical Method
Trans-Urethral Resection of Prostate (TURP) has been the gold standard of prostate surgery. During this surgery, performed while a patient is under general or spinal anesthesia, a surgical instrument is inserted into the urethra through a cystoscope, a very thin telescope that allows the doctor to see inside the bladder and trim away excess prostate tissue that is blocking urine flow. It is an operation that generally requires at least a one- to two-day stay in the hospital during which the bladder is continuously irrigated to prevent obstruction from blood clots. A catheter is left in place to drain urine from the patient’s bladder for one to three days. TURP is generally used to
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