The prostate gland is located just below the bladder in men and surrounds the top portion of the tube that drains urine from the bladder (urethra). The prostate's primary function is to produce the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm (seminal fluid).
Laser PVP surgery is a minimally invasive treatment for an enlarged prostate. The procedure uses a laser to perform photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP).
During laser PVP surgery, a tube with an imaging system (cystoscope) is inserted into the penis. A surgeon places a laser through the cystoscope to burn away excess tissue blocking urine flow through the prostate.
Unlike traditional prostate surgery, laser PVP surgery doesn't cut or scrape tissue. This usually results in less blood loss — which can make laser PVP surgery a good option for people who have blood-clotting conditions or who take blood thinners.
PVP is one of several minimally invasive treatment options for an enlarged prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Like other minimally invasive treatments, PVP can offer faster recovery compared with traditional prostate surgery.
Read more about benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate laser surgery.
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July 20, 2019
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