BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is the natural growth of the prostate as a man ages. The prostate is located below the bladder and surrounds the urethra.  As it grows, it can narrow the urethra causing changes in urine flow. 


Symptoms of BPH include:

  • Urinating at night

  • Intermittent urine stream

  • Frequent urination

  • Straining to urinate












There are a variety of treatments that area available to treat BPH. These include medications, in office procedures and outpatient surgical treatments.

Laser surgery can offer several advantages over other methods of treating BPH, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and open prostatectomy.


The advantages can include:

  • Lower risk of bleeding. Laser surgery can be a good option for men who take medication to thin their blood or who have a bleeding disorder that doesn't allow their blood to clot normally.

  • Shorter or no hospital stay. Laser surgery can be done on an outpatient basis or with just an overnight hospital stay.

  • Quicker recovery. Recovery from laser surgery generally takes less time than recovery from TURP or open surgery.

  • Less need for a catheter. Procedures to treat an enlarged prostate generally require use of a tube (catheter) to drain urine from the bladder after surgery. With laser surgery, a catheter is generally needed for less than 24 hours.

  • More-immediate results. Improvements in urinary symptoms from laser surgery are noticeable right away. It can take several weeks to months to see noticeable improvement with medications.