Be kind to your kidneys
Take charge of your prostate health. Avoid future kidney and bladder issues… and leave annoying urination issues behind.
There are multiple courses of action for remedying an enlarged prostate (also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), a common health concern for men over 50.
Most symptoms of an enlarged prostate are related to urination. Some of the more common symptoms:
- Difficulty starting urination
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Inability to completely empty the bladder
- Increased frequency of urination at night
- Stopping and starting while urinating or dribbling at the end of urination
- Straining while urinating
- Weak urine stream
Left untreated, an enlarged prostate can block urine flow, causing urinary tract infections, reduced kidney function, and bladder stone formation. To be proactive, see a doctor if you have any of these symptoms. And, since symptoms of an enlarged prostate are similar to those of other urological conditions, it’s important to rule out other causes.
Treatment for an enlarged prostate ranges from non-surgical medications to surgery. Your doctor may recommend surgery if medication isn't effective or if you have severe symptoms.
Prostate Surgery Options
In addition to traditional surgical approaches, minimally invasive surgical options are available. Surgery will reduce the size of the prostate gland and open the urethra by treating the enlarged prostate tissue that blocks the flow of urine. Which type of surgery you have is based on a number of factors, including the size of your prostate and the severity of your symptoms.
Green Light Laser Surgery
Laser surgery, also referred to as laser therapy, uses high-energy lasers to destroy or remove overgrown prostate tissue. Laser surgery outcomes typically include immediate symptom relief and a lower risk of side effects.
At Aurora BayCare, we offer photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP), often called green light laser surgery because of the highly visible green light associated with the procedure. We were the first in the region to use green light laser therapy for the surgical treatment of enlarged prostates.
Green light laser surgery is an outpatient procedure. It offers many benefits of other minimally-invasive surgical procedures, and (specific to enlarged prostate treatment) reduced risk of incontinence.