What is benign prostatic hyperplasia and why it occurs?
The benign prostatic hyperplasia is a process consisting of benign prostate growth. It is associated with male aging and testosterone production by what happens to all men with age, to a greater or lesser extent.
This hyperplasia does not present a serious health threat patient, but must go to the consultation of urology and treated to improve the symptoms it causes, as they tend to greatly affect the quality of life of patients.
Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
The main symptom of benign prostatic hyperplasia is the difficulty in micturition. As described by most patients, in addition to discomfort and pain in urination, the urine stream is usually weaker, increases the frequency of urination both day and night and in some cases urinary retention, ie not you can empty the bladder.
To what age it is necessary to go to the urologist?
The benign prostatic hyperplasia can not be prevented because it is not linked to any pathology, but to advancing age.
For this reason, the urologist periodic reviews are essential to maintaining good health of man and detect these pathologies in the beginning, especially from 45-50 years, which is the age at which most diseases usually appear the male reproductive system.
Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
The treatment for this condition is to "remove the plug" that causes the growth of the prostate and difficult urination. The procedure is based on two pillars:
- It always starts with medical treatment, in order to improve symptoms and urination
- If medication is not successful you get, you must resort to surgical procedure
Surgery for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Surgery Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is different to that performed for the prostate cancer as to eliminate cancerous tumor proceeds to remove the entire prostate gland while surgery hyperplasia is less invasive: in this , the inside of the prostate is empty for decrease its size (it is like removing the inside of an orange peel and left).
To do this there are several prostate minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as laser surgery.
About a decade ago began to emerge urological laser surgical techniques, which are more accurate and less invasive, so allow faster recovery process.
Thulium laser is one of the most advanced in the art. Through this intervention, the urologist manages to turn the growth of the prostate tissue water vapor and thus eliminate hyperplasia. This technique is performed in prostate glands which have a growth of about 60 grams to 80 grams.
However, if the prostate is greater than 100 grams proceeds to enucleation of the prostate, which is to create the fiber laser by a plane between the prostatic capsule and hyperplasia in order to extract the whole hyperplasia. Such interventions lasting between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.
Recovery laser prostate surgery
Laser techniques allow a speedy recovery: as with all surgical procedures, the patient should be on an antibiotic and analgesic treatment after surgery, but the patient may be integrated into their working lives in about 48 or 72 hours after surgery in the most of the cases.