Laser Treatment in Urology
Prostate laser surgery is used to relieve moderate to severe urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
All lasers use concentrated light to generate precise and intense heat. Prostrate Laser surgery removes excess prostate tissue by:
Ablation. The laser melts away excess tissue. Example: KTP Greenlight laser
Enucleation. The laser cuts away excess prostate tissue. Example: HoLEP
There are different types of prostate laser surgery, such as:
Photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP). A laser is used to melt away (vaporize) excess prostate tissue to enlarge the urinary channel.
Holmium laser ablation of the prostate (HoLAP). This is a similar procedure to PVP, except that a different type of laser is used to melt away (vaporize) the excess prostate tissue.
Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). The laser is used to cut and remove the excess tissue that is blocking the urethra. Another instrument, called a morcellator, is then used to chop the prostate tissue into small pieces that are easily removed.