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New non-surgical treatments for benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH)

Posted Mar 20 2012 7:57am

With increasing age, men develop urinary symptoms that become severe enough to consider seeking treatment. Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (BPHAn abbreviation for benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is enlargement of the prostate that may cause difficulty in passing urine.) is a non-cancerousMalignant, a tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. enlargement of the prostateA gland that surrounds the urethra near the bladder. It produces a fluid that forms part of the semen. glandAn organ with the ability to make and secrete certain fluids. which affects more than 50% of men over the age of 60.

Minimally invasive prostate surgery known as Transurethral resectionThe surgical removal of part of the body. of the prostate (TURPtransurethral resection of prostate) has almost completely replaced open surgery and thanks to laser technology, there is now a better option. This new procedure, called GreenLight, is increasingly recognised worldwide as the method of choice. It has the same outcomes as TURPAn abbreviation for transurethral resection of the prostate, a procedure to shave away some of an enlarged prostate. This eases the pressure from the prostate on the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. but with lower rates of adverse events. There is very little bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. loss meaning a quicker recovery and quicker return home for men receiving this laser treatment which vaporises excess prostate tissueA group of cells with a similar structure and a specialised function..

An emerging treatment known as Prostate Artery Embolisation will be launched in the UK in April 2012 and involves inserting a catheterA tube used either to drain fluid from the body or to introduce fluid into the body. into the prostatic arteries and sending in minute embolic particles to kill the blood-rich and overgrown prostatic tissues. For further information on becoming part of the trials into this new treatment for BPH, please click here to contact Interventionalist Radiologist, Dr Nigel Hacking .

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