Fifty percent of all men over the age of 60 will develop an enlarged prostate and by the time they reach their seventies or eighties this figure will rise to 80 percent.
Symptoms can include:
- difficulty in starting to pass urine
- a weak stream
- the need to strain to pass urine
- the feeling that the bladder isn't empty after urination
- the need to pass urine urgently
- frequent trips to the toilet, including having to get up several times in the night
- a burning sensation or pain when passing urine
Green Light Laser PVP™
Green Light Laser PVP™ (Photoselective Vaporisation of the Prostate) uses laser technology to treat patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), more commonly known as enlarged prostate. It is one of only 40 currently in the UK and is an alternative to more traditional procedures such as Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP), which usually require a four-day stay in hospital.
The system uses a high powered ‘green laser’ that vaporizes and precisely removes enlarged prostate tissue, allowing many patients to go home on the same day and return to normal, non-strenuous activities within a few days of the operation. The treatment is as effective as TURP but delivers fewer adverse reactions and patients can expect dramatic urine flow improvement, rapid symptom relief and preservation of sexual function.
HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound)
HIFU a new revolutionary procedure, which uses ultrasound waves to treat prostate cancer is now available at Spire Parkway Hospital. The hospital is one of the first Spire hospitals to offer the treatment. Early results indicate that this less invasive procedure is an effective treatment for prostate cancer.
The new procedure, called high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), uses a machine to generate high frequency sound waves, which are then targeted at the prostate gland causing cancer cells to die.
HIFU is minimally invasive and may help patients avoid the need for major surgery to remove the prostate, or for radiotherapy or brachytherapy.
The treatment is also very swift. It takes around two to three hours under general anaesthetic or epidural anaesthetic and patients need only stay in hospital for one night. Most importantly, the treatment has been shown to be effective, with patients reporting a low incidence of side effects.
Unlike radiotherapy HIFU can be repeated if there are any signs of recurrent cancer in the future. It is also used to treat patients who in the past have had radiotherapy and have now developed a local recurrence of prostate cancer.
HIFU was approved for the treatment of prostate cancer by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in March 2005. HIFU is performed at Parkway by Mr Alan Doherty.
Other prostate treatment available include: