Pune: Ruby Hall Clinic (RHC), Wanawadi, has introduced a new laser technique for treatment for benign enlargement of the prostate. The treatment is called photoselective vapourisation of the prostate (PVP) and uses a green light laser to reduce the size of enlarged prostates.
While this technique has been introduced in Pune for the first time, a
67-year-old patient successfully underwent this procedure last week.
As men age, they often develop an enlarged prostate and develop a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. As the prostate gets bigger, it can block the urethra which often leads to problems with urination. The added pressure on the urethra as a result of an enlarged prostate can make it more difficult to urinate.
While explaining the procedure, Dr Himesh Gandhi, Robotic
Uro-oncosurgeon, Consultant Urologist, Ruby Hall Clinic Wanawadi said that while bipolar transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is most frequently used for BPH, the prospect of a less invasive treatment is attractive.
“The conventional TURP sometimes may cause the prolonged duration of the surgery, increased blood loss, increased urethral stricture and even the need for a two-stage surgery in the case of a large prostate. While PVP GreenLight Laser still requires a short period of hospitalisation and a light anaesthetic, recovery is quicker in the short-term with lesser blood loss. Moreover, most men are suitable candidates for this new technique and it is especially advantageous for patients who are on blood-thinning medications or those who are taking anti-coagulation drugs,” said Gandhi.
Dr Manisha Karmarkar, from Ruby Hall Clinic, said, “While the first patient has already been treated, we will soon provide this surgery on a regular basis as a day care procedure.”
Enlargement of prostate
† Various studies show that by age 60, more than half of men have BPH.
† By age 85, about 90 per cent of men tend to have BPH, but only about 30 per cent have symptoms.
† These symptoms of this issue may range from poor urine flow or a weak stream, increased urinary frequency.
The need to urinate in a hurry, nocturia or waking up multiple times at night to urinate or even dribbling at the end of urination.