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What Is Prostate Laser Surgery?

Prostate Laser Surgery is an advanced technique used to treat a variety of urinary and prostate problems for example - Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

A flexible instrument called a scope is inserted via the patient's penis through the urethra, the tube that carries the urine from the bladder to be passed out from the body.

This urethra is near the prostate gland. Through the scope, a laser is inserted to shrink and remove abnormal and enlarged tissues that may have obstructed the normal urine flow.

What Are The Types Of Prostate Laser Surgery?

Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP): 

In this procedure, the laser is used to remove the enlarged or excess prostate tissue obstructing the urethra. The tissue is then cut into small pieces that can be easily removed. This option is suitable to treat a severely enlarged prostate.

Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP):

In this technique, excess prostate tissue is treated by the laser such that it melts away, and the urinary channel widens.

Holmium Laser Ablation of the Prostate (HoLAP): 

It is similar to Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP), but in this procedure, a different kind of laser is used.

Why Is Prostate Laser Surgery Done?

It helps relieve symptoms like those associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia, like:

  • Frequent urgency to pee, especially at night
  • Difficulty in starting urination
  • Discontinuous or slow urine flow  
  • Urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • A feeling of inability to empty the bladder completely

Laser surgery may also help in treating and preventing potential complications resulting from urine flow blockage, like:

  • Inability to pee or control urination
  • Recurrent UTIs
  • Kidney or bladder damage
  • Stones in bladder
  • Blood in urine

What Are The Advantages Of Prostate Laser Surgery?

The advantages of using laser therapy over traditional treatment options (such as medications, TURP or transurethral resection of the prostate and open prostatectomy) include:

  • Lower risk of bleeding, especially for those who suffer from bleeding disorders.
  • Shorter/no hospital stay. 
  • Faster recovery. 
  • The shorter requirement for a catheter after surgery (for less than 24 hours).
  • Faster improvements in symptoms.

How To Prepare For The Prostate Laser Surgery?

You may need to consult with your doctor regarding modifying the dosages of certain medications like blood thinners. 

Consult the doctor for instructions regarding eating and drinking before the procedure on the day of the surgery.

Antibiotics might be prescribed to prevent UTI and you’ll be instructed to arrange for someone to take you back home post-surgery.

During The Prostate Laser Surgery

During the procedure, a scope is inserted through the penis tip into the tube that carries urine from the urinary bladder (urethra) to be passed out of the body. 

The prostate surrounds the urethra. The laser is inserted to shrink or cut the excess tissue of the prostate that blocks the urine flow. Depending upon the type of laser procedure, the tissue’s cut pieces are removed using certain instruments.

What Is The Post-Treatment Care To Be Taken?

A urinary catheter is placed to ease the swelling that obstructs the urinary flow. 

You might also notice:

  • Blood in your urine for a few days to weeks after the surgery. 
  • Urgent or frequent bathroom visits for peeing accompanied by a burning sensation. It can last for a few weeks to months. Discuss it with your doctor if it becomes bothersome.
  • Difficulty holding urine which improves as time passes.

The patient may need to stay in the hospital overnight or can go home, which depends on the type of surgery.

Few general tips for taking care after the surgery:

  • Avoid strenuous activity, like heavy lifting, until you start feeling easy and the doctor approves it. 
  • Avoid having sexual intercourse for a week or two after the surgery as it can lead to pain and bleeding.
  • Take medicines as advised by the doctor.
  • Visit your doctor if you notice any usual signs like thickened urine or blood clots in the urine.

What Are The Risks Of Prostate Laser Surgery?

  • Bleeding and blood clot formation
  • Infection at the operated site
  • Injury to nearby organs
  • Reaction to the anesthesia used during the surgery
  • Need for additional surgery if laser surgery fails to treat or remove all the excess tissue.

Other risks include dry orgasm, urethral narrowing, erectile dysfunction, and UTI.

Why Choose Medfin?

Surgery can be a daunting aspect, and feeling anxious is absolutely normal. The massive amount of information you can get from the internet may confuse you even more. This is where Medfin can help. Leave us the hefty tasks of finding the best hospital, the finest doctor, and the latest procedure at the lowest costs. Let us take charge while you sit back and focus on your health & recovery. Think surgery! Think Medfin!

Frequently Asked Questions

Medfin offers the latest surgical procedures to ensure that you recover as fast as possible in the least painful way possible.

It depends on the type of laser surgery. It usually takes around 2 weeks before you can start doing light physical activities.

Prostate laser surgery improves urinary flow and its results are generally long-lasting. 

Sometimes, laser surgery fails to tackle the issue of removing the entire mass of abnormal prostate tissue that blocks the urine flow or the tissue may grow back. In these cases, further treatment is needed.

Traditional TURP surgery can lead to more bleeding than laser surgery which may require a blood transfusion in some and a more extended hospital stay. 

Hence, a laser is a better option, especially for the elderly.

The surgery has little effect on the subsequent erections. The neck of the bladder opens following the surgery causing retrograde/'backward' ejaculation, which is harmless.

The semen will be flushed out with the urine. It will have very little effect on your sexual activities.

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The power of Medfin in patients' words


Got to know about them from my friend. They got an appointment for only 299. Once the doctor confirmed that I needed the surgery they got me a fixed cost which included ALL the costs. No extra amounts were charged. Thank you Medfin

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After my consultation with the doctor, MEDFIN representative got me a fixed package cost that included my mothers initial tests, surgery cost. They also gave me stockings free for Rs. 3000 post the surgery. They kept up their promise they made

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Thank you Medfin. They ensured the whole process from selecting a very experienced doctor to offering the latest procedure at a very reasonable price. They also arranged a follow up post my surgery with the doctor to ensure my recovery was on track. Thank you for being there throughout

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