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The Methodist Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine
6550 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
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Green light Laser Therapy
Use of Green Light Laser Therapy is an innovative treatment that utilizes the standard surgical procedure known as transurethral resection of the rostate (TURP) to treat an enlargement of the prostate while decreasing the risk factor. Using Green Light Laser Therapy will result in fewer side effects providing the patient with the same benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) solution to treat enlarged prostate symptoms.
Results associated with Green Light Laser Therapy:
- Improvement in urine flow
- Faster recovery
- Outpatient procedure
- Long lasting relief
- Virtually no blood release
- Less than one percent unfavorable side effects (i.e. erectile dysfunction)
Radical prostatectomy is a procedure performed to treat prostate cancer. During the procedure, all of the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it are removed.
There are four main types of radical prostatectomy surgery. These procedures take about three to four hours:
- Radical retropubic prostatectomy – Your surgeon will make a cut starting just below the patient’s belly button and reaching to the pubic bone. The entire surgery should take 90 minutes to four hours.
- Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy – The surgeon makes several small cuts instead of one big cut. Long, thin tools are placed inside the cuts. The surgeon puts a thin tube with a video camera (laparoscope) inside one of the cuts. This helps the surgeon see inside the patient’s belly during the procedure.
- Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy – Sometimes laparoscopic surgery is done using a robotic system. The surgeon moves the robotic arm while sitting at a computer monitor near the operating table. Not every hospital can do robotic surgery.
- Radical perineal prostatectomy – The surgeon makes a cut in the skin between the anus and base of the scrotum (the perineum). The cut is smaller than with the retropubic technique. This makes it harder for the surgeon to spare the nerves around the prostate, or to remove nearby lymph nodes. Perineal surgery usually takes less time than the retropubic way. There is also less blood loss.
Why the Procedure Is Performed
Radical prostatectomy is most often done when the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland. This is called localized prostate cancer.
Sometimes, your doctor may recommend one treatment for you because of what is known about your type of cancer and your risk factors. Or, your doctor may talk with you about two or more treatments that could be good for your cancer. Your doctor must also think about your age and other medical problems you have. Healthy men who will probably live for 10 or more years often have this procedure.