Prostate Laser Surgery in Sadashiv Peth, Pune
Laser prostatectomy or prostate laser surgery is done to remove the enlargements related to the prostate. It is done in men who have enlarged prostate gland which makes it difficult to urinate. laser beams of different types are used to cut away all the excess tissue to relieve the obstruction.
What is laser prostatectomy?
Laser prostatectomy is a surgical procedure done to remove excess tissue that is obstructing the bladder and making urination difficult. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia. The cause for BPH is unknown in most cases but it is suspected to be associated with hormonal changes in the body. This is seen as men turn older. The enlargement causes compression of the urethra leading to difficulty in urination. The procedure is done using lasers which has many benefits over the traditional mode of treatment.
When does one need this surgery?
If you suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia, the doctor might suggest this procedure as a mode of treatment. BPH causes the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in urination
- urge of urination
- Urgency in urination
- Nocturia, feeling the need to urinate frequently at night.
- Inability to empty the bladder.
- Frequent urinary tract infections
If you experience any of these unpleasant symptoms, consult with your doctor to find the best mode of treatment.
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What are the risks involved with this laser surgery?
Laser prostatectomy, like all surgical procedures, has few risks. Some of the commonly involved risks are:
- Difficulty in urination: right after the surgery, there might be a brief period of difficulty in urination. For this period, a catheter may be inserted to aid in draining the bladder.
- Dry orgasms: a commonly seen risk or side effect of the procedure is dry orgasms. This means that there is no semen during ejaculation. The semen is released into the bladder instead of the penis. Libido is not usually affected but you might face the problem of sterility.
- Erectile dysfunction: laser surgery usually does not cause erectile dysfunction, but it is a rare possibility.
- Urinary tract infections: the risk of UTI’s is a complication after the surgery because of the presence of the catheter. The doctor would prescribe antibiotics to prevent this.
- Urethral stricture: sometimes scar tissue might block the urine passage leading to the requirement of an extra surgery.
- Risks associated with general anesthesia are also involved in this procedure.
How is the treatment done?
The general outline of the surgical procedure is mentioned below:
- You will be advised against medications like blood thinners (for example, aspirin) for a week before the surgery. The doctor will also provide a few medicines to make the anesthesia more comfortable.
- The procedure is done under general anesthesia, and you will be asleep through the procedure.
- During the surgery, the doctor will insert a thin, fiber-optic scope into the urethra through the penis. Through this, a laser is inserted.
- The laser is used to destroy the unwanted tissues which are obstructing the urine flow.
- The cut pieces are removed from the bladder and cleaned up.
- After the procedure, the catheter is left in the bladder to drain the urine.
Laser prostatectomy is a procedure that is done to remove excess tissue growth in the prostate. The enlargement impinges on the bladder, making urination difficult and painful. While there are some side effects, the surgery improves the flow of urine and relieves the symptoms. Further, it prevents any complications from urine retention.
Laser surgery has several advantages over traditional surgery. Some of the common benefits are reduced bleeding, early recovery with minimum hospital stays, quicker results, and the need for catheters is reduced.
While the procedure does not usually affect libido or sexual pleasure, there may be other consequences like dry orgasms. Fortunately, this condition does not reduce pleasure. Keep in mind that your fertility might be affected after the surgery.
Loss of urine control or incontinence is an occasional side effect that is usually short-lived. It lasts for a brief period after which the control is regained. If there is urinary incontinence even after few weeks of surgery, consult your doctor for further treatment.