Practical & Effective Laser BPH Treatment
The objective of laser treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is to remove the obstruction, simultaneously facilitating immediate relief and lasting results. Laser energy selectively vaporizes and the target tissue in a minimally invasive manner, while coagulating the surrounding tissue. One of the benefits of laser technology vs. other minimally invasive treatment options for BPH is the goal of the laser treatment is to immediately remove the tissue causing the obstruction, vs. repositioning it, or requiring a period of time associated with tissue denaturation and sloughing.
BPH Laser Treatment
The Pathfinder laser supports all available laser treatment techniques including vaporization of the prostate with either a lateral fire (non-contact) or ball tip (contact) fiber, or enucleation (end-cutting fiber) making it the most versatile laser for BPH treatment available on the market today. While enucleation must be performed in an OR environment, the vaporization alternative technique can be performed in an OR, surgical suite or private practice, under local and general anesthetic at the discretion of the surgeon.
While the ultimate decision on clinical care resides with the clinician, the Pathfinder laser can be programmed to work in continuous wave and pulsed mode over a wide range of energy settings to enhance its effectiveness on various tissue types including hemorrhagic (patients on blood thinners), and tissue which may have been altered due to medications or previous therapeutic treatments.
Finally, one of the most significant benefits of laser BPH treatments with this device is the alternative of local anesthetics for office based procedures. Various methods including a combination of oral medication and a peri-prostatic nerve block can be used to manage the patients comfort during the procedure.