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Laser Surgery Specialist

Urological Associates

Urologists located in Charlottesville, VA

If the symptoms caused by your enlarged prostate are affecting your quality of life, you may want to schedule an appointment with the specialists at Urological Associates in Charlottesville, Virginia. The urology experts offer many treatments, including prostate laser surgery, to treat an enlarged prostate. For a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Prostate Laser Surgery Q & A

What is an enlarged prostate?

An enlarged prostate refers to the increase in the size of your prostate gland that occurs as you get older. Your prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland that sits under your bladder. Your urethra, which is the tube that carries your urine from your bladder out through your penis, runs through your prostate.

As your prostate enlarges, it begins to squeeze and block the urethra, affecting urinary flow and leading to various symptoms. This condition is referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

The experienced team at Urological Associates specializes in the management of an enlarged prostate and offers many treatment options to relieve your symptoms, including prostate laser surgery.

What is prostate laser surgery?

Prostate laser surgery is a minimally invasive treatment for an enlarged prostate. Depending on the type of technique used by the urologist at Urological Associates, the procedure is classified as either an ablation, which is vaporization of the tissue, or enucleation, which is the removal of the excess tissue. Prostate laser surgery provides instant relief from your symptoms with very few side effects.

Am I a good candidate for prostate laser surgery?

Your urologist determines if you’re a good candidate for prostate laser surgery during your comprehensive evaluation. This procedure may be right for you if you suffer from the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and take blood-thinning medications that limit your other surgical options.

What can I expect during prostate laser surgery?

Prostate laser surgery is conducted under anesthesia for your comfort. During your laser surgery, your doctor at Urological Associates inserts a scope through the tip of your penis into your urethra. A laser is passed through the scope and the energy is used to shrink or remove the enlarged tissue, depending on your specific needs.

Your provider may recommend you take it easy for a few days following your prostate laser surgery, and you may need to refrain from sexual intercourse for a week or two.

You should notice an improvement in your symptoms soon after your procedure with continued long-term relief.

An enlarged prostate can significantly impact your quality of life. To discuss your treatment options and learn more about prostate laser surgery, call Urological Associates today or book an appointment online.