Laser & Microwave Prostate Surgery at Oregon Urology Clinic
At the Oregon Urology Clinic, we offer state-of-the-art laser and microwave prostate surgery as advanced treatment options for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostate cancer. Our experienced urologists utilize these minimally invasive procedures to effectively treat prostate conditions while minimizing discomfort, complications, and recovery time.
Understanding Laser Prostate Surgery
Laser prostate surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to remove or shrink excess prostate tissue, relieving the symptoms associated with BPH. It is a popular alternative to traditional surgical methods due to its advantages in terms of reduced bleeding, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and lower risks of complications.
During laser prostate surgery, a thin fiber-optic instrument is inserted through the urethra into the prostate. The laser energy is then delivered to the targeted tissue, precisely vaporizing or coagulating it. The surgeon carefully controls the laser, ensuring that only the necessary amount of tissue is removed, while preserving the surrounding structures.
Types of Laser Prostate Surgery
There are different types of laser prostate surgery, each with its own unique advantages:
1. Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP): HoLEP is a highly effective procedure for removing prostate tissue. The laser’s high-energy pulses precisely dissect the prostate tissue, allowing it to be removed in small fragments. HoLEP has proven to be highly successful in improving urinary symptoms, with durable long-term results.
2. GreenLight Laser Therapy: GreenLight laser therapy uses a high-powered laser to vaporize excess prostate tissue. It offers a similar outcome to traditional surgery but with the advantages of less bleeding, shorter catheterization time, and a faster recovery period.
3. Thulium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (ThuLEP): ThuLEP is a newer technique that utilizes the Thulium laser to safely and efficiently remove prostate tissue. It has shown promising results in terms of improved urinary symptoms and reduced risks of complications.
Understanding Microwave Prostate Surgery
Microwave prostate surgery, also known as transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT), is a minimally invasive treatment for BPH. It involves using microwave energy to heat and destroy excess prostate tissue, providing relief from urinary symptoms.
During microwave prostate surgery, a specialized microwave device is inserted into the urethra. The device emits controlled microwave energy, which heats the prostate tissue. The heat destroys the excess tissue, allowing for improved urinary flow and reduced symptoms.
Advantages of Microwave Prostate Surgery
Microwave prostate surgery offers several advantages for men with BPH:
1. Minimally Invasive: TUMT is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. It typically requires only local anesthesia, minimizing discomfort and recovery time.
2. Effective: Microwave energy targets and destroys excess prostate tissue, leading to improved urinary flow and reduced BPH symptoms.
3. Safety: Microwave prostate surgery is a safe procedure with a low risk of complications. It has been shown to have durable long-term results, providing lasting relief for patients.
Is Laser or Microwave Prostate Surgery Right for You?
Determining the most appropriate treatment for your prostate condition requires a comprehensive evaluation by our skilled urologists. They will consider various factors, including the size of your prostate, the severity of your symptoms, your overall health, and your treatment preferences.
During your consultation, our urologists will discuss the benefits, risks, and expected outcomes of laser and microwave prostate surgery. They will address any questions or concerns you may have and work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that best suits your needs.
At the Oregon Urology Clinic, we are committed to providing the highest standard of care for men with prostate conditions. Our expertise in laser and microwave prostate surgery, combined with our patient-centered approach, ensures that you receive optimal treatment and support throughout your journey to improved prostate health.