Did you know, around 50% of men over the age of 50 develop an enlarged prostate?
In some instances this can be symptomatic of a more serious issue but in many cases it is just uncomfortable, sometimes extremely (needing to pee regularly and/or having difficulty passing water) and can be very worrying.
Although lifestyle changes can help, treatment usually involves major surgery, but a new 30-minute laser procedure can be effective, with minimal side-effects.
Chris Ogden, who is one of only 3 surgeons worldwide – and the first in the UK – to perform Transperineal Laser Ablation (TPLA) has been featured in a recent article in the MailOnline that highlights details of one of the first patients to receive this treatment.
The procedure reduces the size of an enlarged prostate by melting away part with a light transmitted by a very small laser. The treatment is pain free and as it causes no bleeding a hospital stay is normally unnecessary and patients can usually return home the same day.
Results show that three months after treatment, 80 per cent of patients have a doubling of their flow rate and their quality of life has significantly improved.
Chris Ogden has just (June 2023) presented the results of the first eight cases at the annual conference of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.