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Prostate Cancer Treatment
UroLift is a revolutionary, minimally invasive procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. This innovative treatment works to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue so that it is no longer blocking the urethra, providing rapid relief to those experiencing bothersome urinary symptoms. A permanent tiny implant is placed into the affected area to relieve obstruction and allow for the urine to flow normally. At present time, UroLift is the only FDA-approved BPH procedure that doesn’t require heating, removing, or destroying the prostate tissue.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland surrounding the male urethra just below the bladder. Its function is to store and nurture the sperm that has been produced by the testicles. After the age of 20, the prostate gland starts growing and continues to grow more or less for the rest of one’s life. In some people it will grow faster than others, which is likely related to genetics and diet. The enlarged prostate gland will pinch the urethra and may cause obstruction of the urine flow. A large prostate does not necessarily need treatment. WHile some men will develop bothersome symptoms, others will have no problems at all. The exact reason for this phenomenon is still unknown, and is likely multifactorial.
With the Greenlight Laser device LASER light energy is applied to the tissues. The laser energy is so powerful that wherever it “touches” the tissue, the water in the cells instantly vaporizes and destroys the cells. One can actually see the vapor bubbles appearing as the tissue disappears. In this fashion a cavity can be created in the prostate gland in order to improve urine flow from the bladder. At the same time, hemoglobin (the main active ingredient in red blood cells) absorbs the laser energy well and therefore the laser tends to stop bleeding, making the procedure often almost bloodless.
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