Prostate laser surgery
Laser technology makes it possible to perform two techniques that have revolutionised prostate surgery: photo vaporisation and prostate enucleation.
- Photo vaporisation consists of removing, by means of laser energy, the part of the prostate that obstructs the outflow of urine.
- Enucleation of the prostate consists of the removal of the central part of the prostate that has grown excessively and that blocks the passage and exit of urine.
In the case of large prostates, this method is preferable to photo vaporisation when using prostate laser surgery.
- Photo vaporisation causes less bleeding and quick recovery to normal life.
- In enucleation, we substitute open surgery, which involves blood and requires a long inpatient stay, for incision-free surgery that is minimally invasive and requires a very short stay.
Why should this technique be performed?
These are currently the techniques of choice in most clinical guidelines and reference hospitals worldwide.
- Depending on the patient's individual case, the procedure takes between 1 to 2 hours.
- The patient usually eats on the day of the operation and gets up the next day. They remain catheterised for 12 to 48 hours depending on the evolution and the patient's starting situation.
- Usually conducted under spinal anaesthesia (known as epidural).
- Most patients notice an improvement in urination during the first few weeks post-surgery.