Imagine you haven’t had a good night sleep for 10 years.
Welcome to the world of retired Mackay plumber Des Paton.
The 70-year-old grandfather has benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a non-cancerous enlarged prostate.
Mackay plumber Des Paton has benign prostatic hyperplasia which is a non-cancerous enlarged prostate. It makes him have to urinate every two hours.
The tissue inside the prostate puts pressure on the urethra and the base of the bladder. The end result is frequent urination.
Des says, «currently I have to get up every two hours and go to the toilet which is not good, outside I have always known where there is a toilet which I need in a hurry.»
Des is not alone , around 30 to 40% of men after the age of 40 suffer from BPH.
In an Australian first, a new laser treatment is being used at St Vincent’s hospital to remove the tissue inside prostate.
An Australian first laser treatment is being used at St Vincent’s hospital to remove the tissue inside the prostate.
It’s called Moses technology. The laser fires through a tiny bubble, making it extremely accurate.
Urologist and laser specialist Raji Kooner says ,»imagine the prostate is an apple, we take out the core and the tissue around it, as it cuts it seals, it’s like using a scalpel.»
The scene inside the operating theatre is like a high tech gaming room.
Everyone wears laser safety glasses. Raji’s eyes are trained on a large monitor as he guides the laser fibre into the prostate.
‘Moses technology’ uses a laser to fire through a tiny bubble making it extremely accurate.
When activated it cuts through the tissue like its fairy floss. In less than hour the inside of prostate that once resembled a cauliflower is clear of tissue that was causing Des’s interrupted sleep.
Des is only the 4th male in Australia to undergo the procedure.
In three weeks it’s expected his life will be transformed. Better sleep and no longer worried about where the nearest toilet is. The bonus he can drink tea and coffee and enjoy the odd beer.
Des is the 4th male in Australia to undergo the treatment which affects 30-40-percent of men over forty.
De says, «it’s amazing when I tell other guys what I’m doing they say I have that too, the problem is that they don’t like to talk about it.»
His advice, see a doctor and don’t suffer in silence.