Enlarged prostate, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) affects millions of men in the U.S. In fact, an enlarged prostate is what most commonly brings men to our Phoenix office. We offer advanced laser treatments among others that are minimally-invasive, with a quick recovery time.
What is BPH?
The prostate is a gland only men have which supports the nutrients that go to your semen. Unfortunately, as men age, the prostate often causes problems. One of the common problems is difficulty urinating. This is because the prostate sits in front of the bladder, and as the prostate grows, it slowly chokes off the urination. Think about stepping on a garden hose while watering your lawn. In order to get more urine out, you have to turn up the water pressure, which in your body is the bladder. The bladder is a muscle and over time, the muscle works harder and harder to empty the bladder. Eventually, you may develop symptoms such as longer time to urinate, slower stream, frequent urge to urinate and possibly nighttime urination. The bladder wall may become thick and irritated and gets weaker resulting in an inability to empty your bladder . Without treatment, you may eventually lose your ability to urinate at all and may have to have a catheter placed into your bladder in order to urinate. BPH can cause extreme discomfort. Left untreated, it can result in other more serious health conditions such as kidney failure.
To prevent the loss of bladder function, it is important to seek medical care with the first symptoms of BPH. In addition to preventing the loss of bladder function, early diagnosis and treatment for enlarged prostate helps to prevent related complications such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones, kidney failure and incontinence.
Common Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate
The indications of BPH vary from patient to patient, but common symptoms can include:
- Slow urinary stream
- Interrupted urinary stream, or dribbling after urinating
- Straining to urinate or the sensation you are unable to fully empty your bladder
- More frequent urination or urge to urinate
- Getting up several times in the night to go to the bathroom
- Urinary leakage
- Urinary tract infection
In rare instances, these symptoms can be signs of another, more serious condition, such as prostate cancer. For this reason, it is important that you schedule a consultation with your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing difficulty urinating.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Dr. Hong is proud to offer several options in the office to treat BPH minimally invasively. For those with relatively mild to moderate symptoms, the new UroLift® procedure takes only 5-10 minutes and achieves significant improvement in symptoms immediately. With UroLift, several small implants are deployed into the prostate to "tent" the inner channel open and allow for freer urination. There are minimal side effects with immediate results. Best of all, this can be done in the comfort of Dr. Hong's office without the need for a catheter afterwards.
For those with more severe symptoms, Greenlight XPS™ Laser Therapy for BPH is a treatment that is less invasive with less discomfort and quicker recovery than traditional BPH surgery. Performed endoscopically (without incisions), Dr. Hong inserts a tiny laser fiber inside the urethra and prostate. The fiber is equipped with a high-powered laser which is used to vaporize (or melt) excess prostate tissue and open a channel inside the prostate. The laser is extremely accurate and minimizes the risk of damage to healthy tissue. Shortly after the procedure, you can expect to experience improved urinary function such as a stronger stream and complete bladder emptying.
Greenlight XPS™ treatment results in less discomfort, blood loss, and downtime than traditional BPH procedures such as a TURP, also known as transurethral resection of prostate (or the "roto-rooter"). Dr. Hong has extensive experience performing this procedure and trains other doctors who are new to Greenlight technology. Dr. Hong has presented his results on Greenlight laser in the office at several international conferences and is one of the first in the world to offer the Greenlight in the office.
Dr. Hong is one of the few physicians in the country who is able to provide both UroLift and Greenlight XPS™ services in the office, helping patients avoid the stress of a hospital visit and the expense of a hospital co-pay. Dr. Hong also offers this service in the hospital and ambulatory care centers.
Here is a video comparing traditional BPH surgery with TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate, "The Roto Rooter") vs. Greenlight laser.
Curing BPH: laser TURP in-office
Using an advanced laser, we can vaporize excess prostate tissue, resulting in less bleeding and discomfort when compared to traditional surgery.
Contact Us Today
As a doctor with a particular focus on enlarged prostate treatment, Dr. Hong understands the difficulties it can cause sufferers. He will treat you with the utmost integrity and professionalism, while providing you with excellent diagnostics and treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hong.