23rd May 2011
A decade-long study has shown the immediate and long-term benefits of laser prostate treatments.
Patients suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia – an enlargement of the prostate which affects men as they age – were shown to benefit greatly from holmium laser therapy in a study by the McGill University Health Centre in America.
Researchers believe the method could now be considered the "gold standard" for treatment of the condition, especially for patients for whom it may be dangerous to undergo open surgery, or where risk factors could render it difficult.
They suggest that it could solve issues of recurrence and re-treatment which have been associated with some prostate surgery in the past, especially as the study showed that the method showed minimal complication rates and extremely low rates for re-treatment.
Lead author Dr Mostafa Elhilali said that patients also have reduced pain and shorter hospital stays than those undergoing traditional surgery.
Nearly a third of all men over the age of 50 are thought to have symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, Bupa has said.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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