A treatment offered at Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock may provide relief for men suffering from an enlarged prostate. Also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), this noncancerous enlargement of the prostate affects more than half of all men over age 60.
“With GreenLight™ Laser Therapy, BPH patients no longer have to compromise the effectiveness or safety of a treatment,” said Robert B. Dickinson, M.D., urologist at Scott & White – Round Rock. “Many of my patients have reported they have a new lease on life, and can once again enjoy things many take for granted, such as going out to eat, to the movies, or playing golf.”
Although BPH is a common health problem, many men lack awareness and understanding about the condition, symptoms, treatment solutions and overall health risks with delaying treatment. Common symptoms of BPH, including frequent urination—especially at night; weak urine flow; pain or burning during urination; and starting or stopping during urination, can have a devastating impact on quality of life. Treatment options for BPH typically have been limited to a lifetime of medication or an invasive surgical procedure. Now, men with BPH have the option to choose a minimally-invasive surgical treatment known as GreenLight™ Laser Therapy.
“GreenLight™ Laser Therapy is an outpatient procedure that delivers immediate symptom relief without the side effects or expense of medication or the risks associated with invasive surgery. More than 375,000 men worldwide have been treated with GreenLight™ Laser Therapy,” said Dr. Dickinson.
Choosing a treatment for enlarged prostate involves careful consideration to determine if the treatment is long-lasting, easy to tolerate and safe and effective in relieving symptoms and restoring urine flow. The most commonly available treatments all require the patient to make significant compromises in these areas. “Medication can be a costly alternative that can stop working over time and has potential side effects. Invasive surgery is associated with higher risks and complications, such as impotence and incontinence, and requires a two- to three-day hospital stay and four-to six-week recovery,” said Dr. Dickinson.
All surgical treatments have risks. The most common risks associated with Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) are: hematauria, short-term dysuria, and, urinary tract infections. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks before moving forward with a treatment option.