You can do a lot to take care of yourself and give your body what it needs. Still, as you get older, your body changes in ways you can’t always control. For most men, one of these changes is that the prostate gets bigger.
What is the role of the prostate?
Your prostate is a reproductive organ, responsible for the production and supply of prostate fluid, which is one of the components of semen. In a young adult it is relatively small, about the size and shape of a walnut. It is located just below the bladder and surrounds the bladder outlet.
What is BPH? Is it cancerous?
As a result of natural hormonal changes, the prostate begins to grow during the mid-30’s and onwards. This natural growth is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. With BPH, the prostate growth presses against the urethra, which is the tube through which urine flows, making urination more difficult. It is important to know that BPH is not cancerous or life threatening, but can have a substantial negative impact on one’s quality of life.
What are the main BPH symptoms?
Since the prostate is adjacent to the bladder and the urinary system, BPH symptoms usually affect your ability to urinate, and include:
- Sudden urges to urinate
- Frequent urination
- Waking up at night to urinate
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Difficulty starting the urine stream
- Weak stream of urine
Who is more likely to be diagnosed with BPH?
BPH usually affects men over the age of 50. As a matter of fact, half of men over the age of 50 suffer from some degree of BPH symptoms, with prevalence growing with age.
Do I have BPH?
If you believe that you suffer from BPH symptoms, we suggest that you consult with your physician. In order to assess the severity degree of your symptoms, it is suggested to you take the BPH QUIZ and share the results with your physician.
What are the key factors to consider when choosing a treatment?
While there are several BPH treatment options, some critical factors should be considered when choosing the right treatment, including minimal complications and quick recovery, fast symptom relief, durable and long lasting solution, and preservation of the sexual function. That’s exactly why Lumenis Holmium Laser treatments are the right choice for men suffering from BPH
What's unique about holmium laser treatments for BPH
The use of Holmium lasers for the treatment of BPH is considered the new gold standard for the treatment of BPH. Being highly precise and efficient, the Holmium laser is used in two main surgical techniques: Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) and Holmium Laser Vaporization of the Prostate (HoLVP). Holmium laser treatments, performed under general or local anesthesia, result in minimal bleeding, a short recovery time, and immediate symptom alleviation. Moreover, the recurrence rate is very low due to the removal of the entire obstructive component of the prostate.
What is the difference between HoLEP and HoLVP?
In HoLEP, the Holmium Laser is used to separate all of the obstructive prostate tissue from within the prostate capsule – like peeling an orange from within. The Holmium laser beam precisely peels the prostate lobes away from the capsule. These lobes are then pushed up into the bladder from which they are extracted by a special extraction device.
In HoLVP, the Holmium laser is being applied directly on the obstructive tissue, vaporizing it until it is completely removed. The vaporized tissue then drains spontaneously with the urine flow.
Who are we?
Treating BPH website is brought to you by Lumenis – a worldwide leader in energy-based surgical solutions with presence in over 100 countries. Lumenis is a pioneer in the field of surgical laser treatments and is continuously engaged in innovations and treatment development, such as HoLEP, full contact Holmium vaporization and the MOSES Technology for BPH