Spire Thames Valley Hospital is able to offer Greenlight laser treatment - an innovative, non-invasive procedure which is revolutionising the treatment of the enlarged prostate medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Many patients can return home within 24 hours
Previously the standard treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) was transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Now, the latest developments in laser treatment have reduced invasiveness and are proving more effective.
How does it work?
Just as in TURP, some prostate tissue is removed in order to relieve pressure on the urethra. But this time a laser probe is inserted and under the guidance of the surgeon the overgrown tissue is vaporised by the laser energy. The laser very effectively stops any tissue from bleeding and as a result no bladder irrigation is required.
Side-effects are similar to those of TURP. But with much less bleeding, the laser procedure is considered less invasive. Typically this means the hospital stay is shorter and recovery faster. However it is not uncommon for patients to feel a burning/stinging sensation for some time after the procedure and this may last up to six or even eight weeks.
It is normal to have traces of blood in the urine after this operation, so it is advisable to drink plenty of water for a few days while it clears. Clots are sometimes passed 10-14 days afterwards; again, this is part of the healing process.
Apart from this and the risk of infection that accompanies any operation or invasive procedure, the only significant side-effect is the near certainty that normal ejaculation will cease. This is because the contraction that occurs during orgasm may not completely block the entrance to the bladder once some tissue has been removed, and the semen will flow back into the bladder (“retrograde” or “dry” ejaculation) rather than out through the penis. This is not harmful, but it does mean that future fertility is greatly reduced.
Alongside our highly experienced surgeons, Spire Thames Valley Hospital prides ourselves in providing a high standard of pre and post-operative care with outstanding clinical facilities for both day cases and overnight stays.
If you are interested in knowing more about the benefits of laser prostate treatments at the Spire Thames Valley Hospital then call us on 01753 665 404 or complete our online form on the right-hand-side of this page.