June 27, 2011
NEW BERN, NC – Advanced treatment available at CarolinaEast Urology Center may provide relief for men suffering from enlarged prostate. Also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), this non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate affects more than half of all men over the age of 60 or about 26 million men in the United States. By age 80, close to 80 percent of all men have BPH.
Despite the prevalence of BPH, many men lack awareness of the condition, its symptoms, the health risks associated with delaying treatment and what treatment options are available. Symptoms of BPH can dramatically impact a person’s quality of life. Some of those symptoms include: frequent urination, weak urine flow, pain or burning during urination, and starting or stopping during urination.
In the past, treatment options have been limited to prescription medication or an invasive surgical procedure. Men now have another option: minimally invasive surgical treatment known as Greenlight™ Laser Therapy. This procedure delivers rapid and dramatic symptom relief by using laser therapy to remove enlarged prostate tissue. To date more than 375,000 men nationwide have undergone successful treatment with Greenlight Laser Therapy.
By reducing the risk of complications and long recovery periods associated with more invasive procedures, Greenlight procedures deliver immediate results.
“We have offered this procedure in New Bern for several years,” said Dr. Thomas Stewart of CarolinaEast Urology Center. “The recent Dr. Gott column that appeared in the Sun Journal featuring this technology has resulted in several questions from the patients of CarolinaEast Urology. We are pleased to be able to say ‘Yes, we do that.’”
“Greenlight Laser Therapy is a safe and effective option available to BPH patients,” added Stewart. “I’ve had many patients tell me about how much they appreciate having their lives back and being able to do the things they enjoy - whether it’s golf, fishing, or just going to a movie - with less worry and discomfort. These may be small things that many of us take for granted, but for these men this procedure has made a world of difference.”
As with any surgical treatment, there are some inherent risks associated with Greenlight. You should discuss all the possible benefits and risks with your physician before deciding on a course of treatment.
For more information on Greenlight Laser Therapy, contact CarolinaEast Urology Center at (252) 633-2712.