Magazine article USA TODAY

Laser Surgery Clears Away Urination Woes

Magazine article USA TODAY

Laser Surgery Clears Away Urination Woes

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Surgery that uses a laser to clear away unwanted prostate tissue has fewer complications and is just as effective as the standard treatment for urination problems resulting from an overgrown prostate, maintains Stanford University Medical Center urologist John Kabalin. He studied 227 men who received the procedure - laser prostatectomy - at Stanford and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Palo Alto, Calif. "Our results show that clinical efficacy for the laser surgery is comparable to that of the standard surgical procedure offered to men with enlarged prostates. In both cases, about 85 to 90% of patients experience significant improvement in ease of urination after surgery."

As men age, the prostate gland, which encircles the urethra, often becomes enlarged, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. enlarged gland blocks the urethra and the flow of urine, causing incontinence, abnormally frequent urges to urinate, and difficulty controlling the flow.

To at least some degree, the condition affects almost all men older than 60. As a result, hundreds of thousands of men in the U. …

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