New laser treatment for prostate enlargement

By TNT Bureau

June 17, 2016: Now men with enlarged prostates will benefit from a new laser treatment on the NHS. Prostate enlargement is generally due to a state known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which is a widespread condition after the age of 50. As a man ages, the prostate gland may expand, and this can obstruct the flow of urine from the bladder.

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Warning signals of prostate enlargement

It can cause a swarm of symptoms including more and more desire to urinate or feeling as though the bladder is full always.

Now the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said men with enlarged prostates should be given a particular laser treatment to help ease symptoms.

The health body suggests patients  who are not deemed to be at high risk of complications should be offered treatment with the GreenLight XPS laser system.

It works by delivering a beam of green light to vaporise overgrown tissue. Nice said as many as 13,600 men with enlarged prostates could benefit from treatment with the device.

Prostate enlargement affects around 60 per cent of men aged 60 or over. The condition can make it difficult for men to pass urine and resulted in repeated urinary tract infections.

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Whilst benign enlarged prostates may not be life threatening, the condition can impact on men’s lives significantly, said Professor Carole Longson, director of Nice’s Centre for Health Technology Evaluation.

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