Mr Walker had been diagnosed with prostate cancer after suffering from prostate problems since 1996, and his condition had been closely monitored through Watchful Waiting, or Active Surveillance.
Following a routine biopsy in July 2009, he suffered from urine retention and was catheterised for eleven and a half weeks. Whilst on the waiting list for a TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate is an operation to remove some of an enlarged prostate gland), Mr Walker talked to a friend who had had the same surgery and had been in hospital for 8 days followed by several weeks of recovery. Not wanting to go through the same, Mr Walker went to his GP to discuss his options.
His GP referred him to see Mr Neil Barber, Consultant Urologist at Spire Clare Park Hospital. After examining Mr Walker he said in no uncertain terms that Mr Walker’s prostate was one of the largest he had seen. An option recommended by Mr Barber was Greenlight Laser treatment. This uses laser energy to remove enlarged prostate tissue, resulting in an open channel for urine flow-through and a quick return to a life free from enlarged prostate symptoms. It also carries less risk and side effects than TURP.
Greenlight Laser treatment is very common in America and as Mr Walker had spent some time there, he was able to speak to a number of people about the procedure, something which he felt was vital to his decision making.
Mr Walker was admitted in September 2009 to have the Greenlight Laser procedure and stayed in hospital overnight. He had a week off work but felt ready to go back sooner, something that Mrs Walker had to put a stop to!
Since undergoing the Greenlight Laser procedure he has suffered no set backs and continues to do well. He had some bleeding the week after the procedure, but Mr Barber’s secretary assured him that this was perfectly normal.
Mr and Mrs Walker are delighted that they found an alternative to TURP. They feel that information about this procedure should be readily available and are more than happy to talk about their experiences.
If you are considering this procedure, please contact the hospital and we can arrange for Mr and Mrs Walker to speak with you.