the prostate

Written by: Dr. Carlos Rioja Sanz
Published: | Updated: 16/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The prostate is a male sexual organ located in the lower part of the urinary bladder that surrounds the first portion of the urethra.. The primary function of the prostate is to produce part of the seminal fluid, which transports the sperm making it fertile.

Diseases of the prostate

In the young man, the normal prostate is the size of a chestnut, and a volume of 15-20 cc. However, with the passage of time there is a progressive increase in size, usually reaching volumes of 30-100 cc. This growth related to age is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign growth and occurs in all men. The growth is large enough to obstruct the urethra and produce difficulty urinating. The symptoms of benign growth are usually the decrease in the strength of the jet and the need to urinate more frequently, especially at night.. The maximum degree of obstruction is urinary retention, complete inability to urinate and requiring the placement of a probe through the urethra to empty the bladder.

BPH is the most frequent disease of this organ and affects 50% of men of 60 years and almost 90% in those of 80 years. Many of these patients improve with pharmacological treatment and about 30% require surgery. Other diseases of this organ are prostate cancer and its inflammatory or infective processes (prostatitis).

Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia

There are several alternatives for the treatment of BPH. At the beginning of the process and in mild cases, pharmacological treatments are usually very effective, decreasing the obstructive symptoms. However, when important obstructions occur, it is necessary to proceed to surgical treatment whose purpose is to eliminate the tissue that has grown and obstructs the urethra.. Traditional methods are transurethral resection (endoscopic tissue removal through the urethra) or open prostatectomy through an incision in the lower abdomen.

Prostatic photovaporization with HPS laser. Green laser

It is a state-of-the-art, high-tech method, which consists in the elimination of the prostatic tissue that produces the obstruction, by means of a laser beam (light) that vaporizes the prostate tissue in a fast and effective way. The great advantage is the total absence of bleeding and the possibility of removing the probe and returning to your home in a few hours. This method and its results are supported by more than 1 million patients treated worldwide, and by a personal experience of our team of more than 350 patients since 2007.

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By Dr. Carlos Rioja Sanz

Dr. Carlos Rioja Sanz is a prestigious urologist with more than 35 years of experience. His scientific activity and clinical care has evolved into two lines; minimally invasive surgery and incontinence pelvic-floor. It was one of the pioneers with IAUA group at national level in the implementation of lithotripsy, a milestone that revolutionized urology. It is one of the three urologists who are part of the section of Urology Sagasta Polyclinic, which possess one of the five green laser latest generation currently in Spain for interventions Benign hyperplasia (BPH).

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