Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

BPH, short for benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a condition that affects many men. Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (aka LUTS) vary greatly and can include going to the bathroom often and urgently, difficulty emptying bladder, weak stream, and waking up at night frequently to go to the bathroom. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you and your Urologist can discuss management options ranging from observation to medication to surgery.

There are many surgical options available for BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), and you should discuss these, along with risks and benefits, with your Urologist. Regional Urology offers it’s patients state of the art, minimally invasive surgical options for the treatment of BPH.

GreenLight Laser

The GreenLight Laser prostatectomy is a procedure that utilizes a laser to ablate or destroy prostatic tissue. The procedure is done while you are asleep (under general anesthesia) with a telescope through the tip of the penis (endoscope) and uses a laser to remove the prostatic tissue that is blocking the flow of urine. Benefits of the GreenLight Laser include decreased blood loss and decreased need for catheterization. It is usually done as an outpatient procedure. More that half a million men worldwide have been treated with the GreenLight Laser. It has well documented results and safety profiles dating back to 1997.

GreenLight Laser

The GreenLight Laser prostatectomy is a procedure that utilizes a laser to ablate or destroy prostatic tissue. The procedure is done while you are asleep (under general anesthesia) with a telescope through the tip of the penis (endoscope) and uses a laser to remove the prostatic tissue that is blocking the flow of urine. Benefits of the GreenLight Laser include decreased blood loss and decreased need for catheterization. It is usually done as an outpatient procedure. More that half a million men worldwide have been treated with the GreenLight Laser. It has well documented results and safety profiles dating back to 1997.

UroLift

The UroLift system is a minimally invasive approach to treating BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate) for patients looking for an alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery. The UroLift System is a straightforward procedure that utilizes tiny implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.

REZUM

The newest treatment is the REZUM procedure. REZUM uses stored thermal energy in water vapor (steam) to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing common BPH symptoms.  It does not require general anesthesia, preserves sexual & urinary function, and allows the patient to return to regular activties within a few days. 

Simple Prostatectomy

Some prostates are just too large for endoscopic management and require a more traditional surgery. A simple prostatectomy is a surgery that involves an incision and removes the bulk of the prostate while leaving the prostatic capsule behind (similar to peeling an orange out of it’s shell). This is a different surgery than the radical prostate surgery that is done for prostate cancer.

Regional Urology offers a Robotic assisted laparoscopic approach to removal of the prostate when a more traditional surgery is required. Benefits of this approach include decreased bleeding and pain, quicker recovery, and decreased hospital stay.

Be sure to contact Alex, your Navigator, if you have questions about any of these options and how it might apply to you.  Your Navigator is here for you!

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Meet Your Navigator

At Regional Urology, our BPH Navigator is Alex Ayo. She is here to guide you through your individualized treatment pathway for your BPH.  She is passionate about helping you understand your diagnosis and treatment options. She will check in with you in between visits to track your progress. She is eager to help you with anything she can. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions you have regarding your diagnosis.

aayo@regionalurology.com

(318) 698-5511