What is Vaporization of the Prostate?
In some men the prostate gland becomes enlarged and blocks the bladder by squeezing or growing into the urethra. Laser vaporization of the prostate is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can relieve your symptoms by un-blocking the urethra.
The prostate is located under the bladder and behind the penis. It is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It helps to make semen.
The Urethra is a tube that carries both urine and semen to the penis. It passes through the prostate which surrounds it like a donut.
In some men, the prostate gland becomes enlarged and blocks the bladder by squeezing or growing into the urethra
BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is the most common reason for enlarged prostate in men over 50, it is not cancer, BPH can cause a blockage called BOO or Bladder Outlet Obstruction
Symptoms of prostate enlargement are:
• incomplete bladder emptying, being unable to empty your bladder all of
• frequency, the need to urinate often
• intermittency, starting and stopping several times with urination
• urgency, feeling strongly that you “have to go”
• a urine stream that is weak, or dribbling
• straining to empty your bladder
• Nocturia or urinating frequently at night
Laser vaporization of the prostate is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can relieve your symptoms by unblocking the urethra.
Your surgeon uses an instrument with a light and camera, called a scope.
A laser at the tip is guided through the urethra to vaporize and destroy the prostate tissue that has grown inward to block the urine flow.
This is different from the classic, older surgical techniques that cut out or remove the extra prostate tissue.
Let’s talk about what happens during the laser vaporization procedure.
To start, you are given general anesthesia to make you asleep, and pain-free during the procedure. You are positioned carefully.
An instrument with a light and camera, called a scope, is then gently inserted into the urethra. A numbing gel is used to help the scope glide easily.
The surgeon is able to reach the prostate and see the tissue causing the blockage.
Your doctor uses a laser thru the scope to vaporize and destroy excess tissue from the prostate, clearing the blockage.
When the surgery is complete, the scope is removed. Your surgeon may place a Foley catheter to help drain your urine for a few days.
A Foley catheter is a thin tube inserted through your urethra and into your bladder. The tube will keep your bladder empty to allow you to heal and feel more comfortable. The foley is easily removed a few days after the procedure. The balloon is deflated and the tube simply slides out.