The most common prostate problem in men 50 and older is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is an enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH can be uncomfortable by slowing or blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder and causing other problems in the urinary tract.
Newer, minimally-invasive techniques for treating BPH now are available, including some that can be performed in the doctor’s office.
Shrikant Vaidya, MD, with CAMC Urology in Teays Valley, uses a laser to trim the enlarged prostate and open the urethra.
“It’s done through a scope (a tube with a light) and is useful in the early stages of growth so it can be slowed and further damage to the bladder and kidneys can be avoided,” Vaidya said.
For most patients, there is minimal pain and bleeding, as well as significantly less discomfort compared to more invasive procedures. This treatment also helps patients avoid long-term use of BPH medications, which can have unwanted side-effects.
“Patients expect minimally-invasive procedures so they can return to their normal lives much quicker,” Vaidya said.