Photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) is a treatment for enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia). A tube with an imaging system (cystoscope) is inserted into the penis, and a surgeon projects a laser through it to burn away (vaporize) excess prostate tissue blocking the urethra and slowing urination. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, the treatment is an effective and less invasive alternative to other methods of removing prostate obstructions and causes little bleeding.
Why choose Mayo Clinic for laser PVP
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for urology by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for urology by U.S. News & World Report.
At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.
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For stock car racer Paul Hamernik, the "green light" came in the form of laser surgery to address an enlarged prostate.