Laser technology treats man with enlarged prostateJune 15th, 2011 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) In a life saving procedure using the latest laser technology, a team of doctors here treated a 75-year-old patient whose prostate gland had enlarged 23 times the normal size.
K.L. Sehgal, a retired bank manager, was suffering from urinary problems for the last 10 years.
In a press meet Wednesday, Anil Varshney, doctor at the RG Stone Urology and Laparoscopic Hospital, said: “The normal size of prostate is 18 grams and generally, the enlargement can go upto 60 to 100 grams. But after examining his condition we came to know that his prostate had enlarged to 424 grams, which is life threatening.”
“The operation was performed on June 7 and 10. For the entire surgery, we used 100 watts Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate (HoLEP) machine. This is the first time that this technology has been used on such an enormous prostate,” he added.
Prostate, found only in men, is a walnut sized gland located just beneath the urinary bladder, surrounding the urethra.
Chairman and managing director of the hospital B.S. Bansal said: “HoLEP has been proposed to be a new ‘gold standard’ in surgical therapy of benign prostatic enlargement (BPE). It has all the advantages with none of the complications of open prostatectomy. It does not require any blood transfusion.”
A relieved Sehgal said he was feeling much better.
“I consulted so many doctors. I did not want to undergo an open surgery since it’s highly risky. The size of my prostate was enormous. No doctor was ready to touch it. After the surgery I feel better. I’m leading a normal life,” he said.
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