St Vincent’s Private’s new laser treatment targets prostate enlargement

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It’s the type of news that will make many Australian men jump for joy.

A new laser treatment could reduce trauma and speed up recovery times for men suffering one of Australia’s most common health complaints – prostate enlargement.

Prostate enlargement occurs as the prostate expands and places pressure on the urethra.

It causes urination and bladder problems, and it one of the most prevalent problems experienced by Australian men.

The new Pulse 1-20 laser removes the enlarged prostate tissue to increase the urine flow from the bladder through the urethra. The treatment is quick and relatively painless.

Dr Raji Kooner from Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Private Hospital spoke to Nine News about its advantages.

“It’s far less traumatic, there’s less bleeding, less pain, quicker recovery,” Dr Kooner said.

“For patients it is a game changer. It’s important I think for patients to be made aware of it.”

Prostate enlargement has regularly been treated through transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), a surgical procedure where part of the prostate gland surrounding and constricting the urethra is removed.

If left untreated, prostate enlargement can lead to bladder blockages and various kidney problems.

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