Courtesy OU Medical Center OKLAHOMA CITY, OU Medical Center: WONG FIRST IN OKLAHOMA TO PERFORM NEW LASER PROCEDURE FOR THE MOST COMMON MEN'S HEALTH PROBLEM
MDTV Select Urologist, Carson Wong, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Assistant Professor and Director,Section of Endourologic, Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at OU Medical Center makes education on Prostate Problems easy to understand with hand held model.
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OKLAHOMA CITY, June 2005 - Carson Wong, MD, FRCSC, FACS, and OU Medical Center have become the first in the state of Oklahoma to perform a cutting-edge outpatient surgery to treat men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate, the most common men's health problem in the world. To date, Wong is the only physician, and OU Medical Center the only hospital, in the state offering GreenLight PVP Laser as an option for BPH.
The treatment uses a GreenLight PVP Laser, or Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate, to treat the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. BPH is a condition that causes urinary problems in nearly half of all men over the age of 50. By the age of 80, nearly 80 percent of all men suffer from BPH symptoms, including an estimated 14 million in the United States. Symptoms include difficulty urinating, a reduced urine stream, straining to urinate, frequency of urination (especially at night), an urgent need to urinate and a feeling that the bladder never completely empties.
"BPH can have devastating effects on the quality of a person's life, ranging from sleeplessness to avoiding going out in public places, for fear of an accident,"" said Wong, who is a double board certified urologist and the Chief of Adult Urology at OU Medical Center. "While BPH may be extremely common, Oklahomans now, for the first time, have an alternative minimally invasive option. The GreenLight PVP Laser Procedure offers the patient a safe, effective and long-lasting solution."
The surgery is unlike any other enlarged prostate treatment because it combines the effectiveness of the invasive Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) with the safety and ease of a minimally invasive treatment, delivered in a single, low risk, procedure. Patients treated with the GreenLight PVP Laser have experienced immediate symptom relief and a dramatic improvement of urinary flow.
The GreenLight PVP Laser is unique because, with very little risk, it uses a very high-powered green light laser to immediately vaporize and precisely remove the enlarged prostate tissue that causes urinary flow obstruction. The results are almost immediate, causing virtually no blood loss and preserving sexual function. Patients are usually discharged from the hospital several hours after completion of the procedure and need only a few days for recovery.
Traditional treatments for BPH include medication, a variety of heat treatments and an invasive surgical procedure. These treatments involve a significant amount of compromise in outcomes and side effects. Medication therapy is costly, usually not covered by insurance and requires daily medication for life. Thermal therapies can provide some relief but patients must endure an eight-12 week period of irritating symptoms. Additionally, these treatments have a high failure rate and outcomes are not nearly as good as the traditional surgical "gold standard" TURP. TURP can provide significant relief but is complicated by serious side effects such as impotence, incontinence, infection, blood loss, possible blood transfusion, a lengthy stay in the hospital and a two to three week recovery period.
"Unlike other BPH treatment options, the GreenLight PVP Laser procedure offers immediate relief for patients and the results are similar to traditional TURP surgery," said Wong, a Canada native, who is Oklahoma's only fellowship trained urologist in Endourology, Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery. "This is a breakthrough procedure and an excellent option for patients suffering from BPH."
"I have no difficulty urinating and have had very little discomfort," said Robert Baker, 79, who was the first in Oklahoma to have the procedure. "I am very happy about it. This was something Dr. Wong suggested and I did it. I would recommend it for anybody who has the problems I did, it has been great."
The GreenLight PVP laser has been proven safe, effective and durable in clinical studies conducted over a five-year period at many leading medical institutions.
To request an appointment with a doctor who uses the GreenLight laser, call our PhysicianFinder line at 405-271-5000.
Prostate disease (specifically inflammation, enlargement and cancer) affect more than 20 million men in the U.S., the majority over the age of 50. BPH accounts for 25 percent of patients seen by urologists
Enlargement of the prostate, or BPH, affects more than 14 million men in the U.S.
More than half of all men 50 and older have BPH; that increases to more than 80 percent by age 80 and older
More than 140,000 men undergo invasive surgical treatment for BPH each year
Detected through urodynamic studies
Occurs during the natural aging process
Symptoms include: frequent need to urinate (especially at night), urgent need to urinate, painful urination, difficulty starting urination, dribbling or leaking after urination, the feeling that the bladder never completely empties and a weak urine stream