The prostate gland is a muscular, walnut-shaped gland in men. It is located right below the
and surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body). It is responsible for making the fluids that carry sperm. As a man ages,
the prostate begins to slowly enlarge and may begin to squeeze the urethra, causing
problems with urination.
The normal adult prostate weighs 18 grams; measures 3cm in length, 4cm in width,
and 2cm in depth. The prostate is composed of approximately 70% glandular elements
and 30% of fibromuscular stroma. Although anatomically divided into different zones,
the prostate is described as having 2 palpable lateral lobes separated by a central
sulcus and one nonpalpable median lobe that may project into the bladder in older
Typical symptoms of include:
- Decreased Stream — Decreased size and strength of urine stream; a weak urine
- Hesitancy— Having a hard time "getting started"
- Intermittence— An "on again, off again" flow of urine
- Incomplete Urination — The feeling that your bladder is not quite empty after
- Urinary Retention
— Being completely unable to urinate
- Frequency— Having to urinate much more often than usual
- Urgency— An extremely strong desire to urinate as soon as possible
- Nocturia— The need to get up and urinate in the night
- Incontinence— Being unable to hold back urine until you reach the bathroom
(often accompanied by feelings of urgency)
2.1 Microwave (TUMT)
Transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT) is an outpatient procedure to treat urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. With TUMT,
inserts a small
microwave antenna attached to a flexible tube (catheter) through the tip of your
penis. The catheter extends through the tube that carries urine from your bladder
(urethra) to part of the prostate that's blocking urine flow. TUMT uses an antenna
to emit a dose of microwave energy that heats up and destroys excess prostate cells.
TUMT is one of several alternatives for treating an enlarged prostate, a condition
also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Other
include medications, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), transurethral needle ablation (TUNA),
laser surgery and open prostatectomy.
2.2 Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy
The GreenLight™ Laser Therapy is a treatment
that combines the effectiveness of the traditional surgical procedure known as "Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate"
(TURP) with fewer side effects.
GreenLight is suitable for most patients
with an enlarged prostate. With over 200,000 procedures performed worldwide, the GreenLight procedure is creating a new standard
of care — a standard that offers freedom from enlarged prostate symptoms.
return home a few short hours after the PVP procedure and can return to normal, non-strenuous activities within days.
The GreenLight laser system delivers the ultimate benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) solution — free from
symptoms, free from compromise, free to go!
Benefits of GreenLight
- Rapid urine flow improvement
- Quick return to normal activities
- Virtually bloodless procedure
- Less than 1% reported cases of erectile
- Short to sometimes no catheterization (less than 24 hours in most cases)
- Outpatient procedure in otherwise healthy
- Long lasting symptom relief