The benefits of laser treatment for enlarged prostate - Dr. T. Miyauchi from Japan shares his experience
Why do you treat BPH with laser (and not with conventional TURP)?
The gold standard for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) surgery to date has been the Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP). However, with TURP problems might occur bleeding (in principle, cases during oral antithrombotic therapy are not possible), related need for a blood transfusion, capsular perforation, urethral stricture, and long catheter placement period. Laser ablation can solve all these problems. That is, high safety and excellent therapeutic effect can be provided to the patient.
What is special about biolitec's laser system?
biolitec’s laser is providing high effective laser beam and the biolitec’s laser fibers are very special formed at the tip that they are able to vaporize a lot of tissue in very short time without damage to surrounding tissue areas. That is causing less bleeding, and better operability.
For which patients do you recommend laser treatment?
I choose the laser ablation technique for patients who are not responding to conservative treatments with symptoms such as severe lower urinary tract symptoms, urinary retention, repeated urinary tract infections and bladder stone associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or by patient's request.
What is the risk of incontinence and retrograde?
Excessive damage to the urethral sphincter is the cause of stress urinary incontinence. Retrograde ejaculation is due to anatomical damage to the ejaculatory duct, and surrounding tissue at the apex of the prostate. biolitec‘s laser can easily avoid these complications.
Why is biolitec's laser treatment also suitable for risk patients?
biolitec's diode laser has extremely less bleeding and high vaporization, so surgery can be performed safely in a short time. Therefore, it is very suitable for high-risk cases such as antithrombotic therapy for patients at risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, super-elderly people, and cases of huge benign prostatic hyperplasia.
What is the feedback of the patients?
Most patients have less pain, less bleeding, and early improvement in urine voiding. The patients are usually very happy after the treatment.
For more informations please visit the website of the Oita Urological Hospital, Oita, Japan Website https://www.oita-hinyoukika.com and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/oita.hinyoukika (both in Japanese language).