Laser Vaporization for Prostate
Benign Prostatic Hypertropy (BPH)?
Benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH is a medical condition causing obstructive urinary symptoms that will inevitably affect the majority of the male population. Reduced urine flow, increased frequency and urgency, dribbling, hesitancy, incontinence, and excess urination at night are all symptoms that many men will experience after 40 years of age and some even before that age. The normal size of a young man’s prostate is that of a walnut, and it can begin to show enlargement by age 30. By the age of 60, 50% of men will have an enlarged prostate gland, with the incidence continuing to rise with increasing age.
Definition: A walnut sized gland that surrounds the urethera near the bladder. As a man ages, the gland can grow causing constriction of the urethera, interfering with the normal flow of urine through the urinary tract.
Why be treated for enlargement of the prostate?
Most men seek treatment from their urologist when they begin to have symptoms that interfere with their lifestyle. Your urologist can help you select a treatment that relieves the obstruction and improves your voiding.
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) has historically been the treatment of choice in treating BPH. Now, however, removal of the prostate using lasers to vaporize or resect the prostate have replaced TURP as the treatment of choice. RevoLix is the ideal laser for soft tissue removal from the urinary tract. It is a Thulium, continuous wave laser with a wavelength that vaporizes, cuts, and coagulates exceptionally well. In an outpatient setting, it produces outcomes equivalent to TURP, with a low incidence of complications and a high degree of safety. There is immediate removal of the obstructing prostate tissue, resulting in a rapid recovery and short convalescence. RevoLix’s coagulating capabilities minimize bleeding during and after the procedure. It is truly a minimally invasive treatment for BPH.
Advantages of Revolix™ laser vaporization for the prostate
- Outpatient procedure with no overnight stays in a hospital
- Catheter to drain urine in place typically for 24 hours or less
- Quick relief of your BPH symptoms with shorter recovery time compared to alternative treatments
- Return to normal activities within a short period
- Immediate increase in urine flow
- The ability to obtain tissue specimens during procedure