Urology Services

Prostate surgery - excluding cancer

As men get older the prostate gland increases in size, and for some men, this can result in obstruction to the flow of urine.

If this causes bothersome symptoms, or even stops urine flow altogether (urinary retention), then surgery on the prostate gland may be required. There are several different operations available:

  • HOLEP (Laser Enucleation of Prostate): This operation involves the telescopic removal of obstructing prostate tissue using a laser and temporary insertion of a catheter which is removed the day after surgery in the majority of men.
  • Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP): This operation involves the telescopic removal or incision of the obstructing, central part of the prostate with heat diathermy and temporary insertion of a catheter for bladder irrigation. 
  • Laser Prostatectomy using Greenlight KTP Laser: Photoselective vaporisation of the prostate (PVP) is used to treat bladder obstruction caused by benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of the prostate. A high-powered laser is used to core out the prostate by vaporising the centre of the gland, leaving a wide channel and so relieving urinary symptoms.

Find out more about the above and prostate surgery (excluding cancer) on the Newcastle Urology website.


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