Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is a gradual enlargement of the prostate compressing the urethra and obstructing urine flow causing symptoms eg a weakened flow of urine, urgency, frequency and the most common nocturia (increased urination at night). BPH is common in men as they age, with varing degrees of symptoms. Quality of life is important as to when treatment should be considered with many effective treatment options available. Medications can relax or shrink the prostate and are considered a good conservative option. Medications may not improve symptoms and surgical options should be considered.
Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate – (TURP)
A TURP is an operation done with a telescope via the "water pipe" (urethra) to channel out the prostate gland using a "gyrus" to relieve symptoms of obstruction. The operation takes about 40 minutes – 1 hour, followed by an irrigation to flush the bladder overnight. Blood in your urine for 2-4 weeks is common & occasionally the passing of blood clots can occur. Urine retention is also a complication post procedure requiring a urethral catheter for a short period.The post operative complications will be discussed with you in full by your Urologist prior to booking your procedure.
Greenlight™ PVP is a laser fiber is passed and fired at the obstructing prostate tissue, instantly vaporizing the tissue and simultaneously cauterizing it. There is minimal bleeding which enables patients to undergo the procedure with a catheter placed to drain the bladder overnight and is removed the next day. Greenlight PVP is another option to treat benign enlargement of the prostate, its main advantage is for patients who require ongoing anti coagulation “blood thinning” medications. As your prostate heals you will notice blood in your urine usually 5-10 days post operatively this is normal. All post operative complications will be discussed in full by your Urologist prior to booking procedure.
The UroLift System is a new, minimally invasive device for treating BPH. Small implants are permanently placed to hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra impoving the flow of urine and urinary symptoms such as urgency and frequency. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue meaning the minimal risk of retrograde ejaculation .UroLift is ideal for patients with both enlarged lateral lobes & middle lobe enlargement.