As men get older, they are prone to be affected by a number of lifestyle-related health conditions. Of which, prostate-related urinary problems are one of the most common in men over 50 years of age. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is a part of the male reproductive system and wraps around the tube that carried urine out of the bladder. As you grow older, it grows large too and may cause problems as it squeezes the urethra thus impacting bladder control. When you go somewhere, do you first look for a bathroom? Do you wake up several times each night to urinate? If so, you may have benign enlargement of the prostate – says the Senior Consultant Urologist from Apollo Spectra Hospitals.
Many tend to live with this condition, as they think that it is not a life-threatening one. But, think again! It impacts the quality of your life for certain. If you are to spend the rest of your life with your urinary condition the way, it is now, how would you feel about that? – asks the doctor.
The enlarged Prostate problem, also medically termed as Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), can be treated either medically or surgically. Surgery has always been a last resort. A patient qualifies for the surgery only if he fails to respond to medical management and has stones in the bladder or recurrent urinary tract infections or high levels of creatinine.
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Now-a-days almost all surgeries are being performed endoscopically. Though TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) is by far considered as the ‘gold standard’, the use of laser technology has fast replaced TURP and eliminated the complications associated with it. At Apollo Spectra, our team of urologists uses the latest Holmium laser technology. With this, patients experience very minimal pain and stay in the hospital only 1 or 2 days post the procedure.
Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate (HoLEP) is safe and effective for the treatment of patients who are critically ill, and those with bleeding disorders or who are on anticoagulants. The post-operative period is very smooth, as it is very minimal or no bleeding and there is no hyponatremia; also there is very minimal or no risk of urinary incontinence.
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