At the urology practice of Dr. Mark Hong, we use the most advanced and effective technology to treat a wide range of urological issues, including benign prostatic hyperplasia, better known as BPH. This condition, in which the prostate becomes enlarged to the point that it presses on the urethra and blocks the flow of urine on its way out of the penis, can severely compromise a man’s quality of life. In many cases, BPH can be treated effectively with medications that shrink the prostate or that relax the prostate muscles. However, in those cases in which medication does not prove effective, surgery becomes necessary.
The most common form of surgery for BPH is TURP, or transurethral resection of the prostate. During the conventional, minimally invasive version of the procedure, a surgeon uses a wire loop electrode inserted through the urethra to excise the excess tissue of the enlarged urethra. While this is an effective and safe technique, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, and tissue irritation associated with the procedure.
While these risks remain possible with virtually any surgical procedure, they are dramatically reduced with the new plasma button TURP for BPH procedure, available at the Phoenix, AZ urology practice of Dr. Mark Hong. PlasmaButton™ vaporization is a gentler variation of the TURP procedure that involves no cutting whatsoever. It also uses no heat, as laser surgery would. Rather, it uses low-temperature plasma energy to vaporize excess prostate tissue.
Are you a good candidate for PlasmaButton™ TURP for BPH? To find out, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Hong today.
How Is Plasmabutton™ TURP Different from Conventional TURP Surgery?
Conventional TURP surgery uses either a wire loop electrode or laser energy to slice and remove excess tissues from the prostate. The PlasmaButton™ uses low-voltage plasma energy to create a field around a half-spherical button located at the tip of a small surgical instrument. Any tissue that comes into contact with this field is immediately vaporized. The instrument produces no heat, and there is little to no direct contact between the button that produces the plasma energy and the prostate tissues. The healthy prostate tissues underlying the vaporized enlarged tissues coagulate to achieve a smooth surface area.
With PlasmaButton™ TURP for BPH, patients generally achieve results similar to those produced by other techniques used to perform TURP, but with reduced risk of post-operative bleeding and a potentially shorter healing time. It also eliminates the risk of TUR syndrome, which is a rare but potentially serious risk associated with conventional TURP surgery caused by the leakage of the low-sodium solution used in conventional TURP into the bloodstream. Because this solution is not used in PlasmaButton™ TURP, there is no risk of such a leakage.
In general, if you are a good candidate for conventional TURP surgery, you are also a good candidate for PlasmaButton™ TURP.
Learn More about PlasmaButton™ TURP for BPH
To learn more about PlasmaButton™ TURP for BPH, or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Mark Hong, please contact our urological practice today.