HoLAP Treatment of Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)

HoLAP is a safe, modern treatment for enlarged prostate BPHBenign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a very common condition among men 50 years and older. Many urologists believe that the best treatment for BPH is Holmium Laser Ablation of the Prostate (HoLAP). HoLAP is an outpatient procedure with no or minimal blood loss, and the patient usually can go home the same day without a catheter.

BPH is also known as prostate nodular hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy or benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP). BPH refers to an enlargement of the prostate gland in men.

Benign is an important word...it means not cancer. BPH is not considered to be a premalignant condition. HoLAP is a treatment for benign prostate hyperplasia.

BPH is excessive growth of cells in the prostate, so that the urethra (urine tube) is partially blocked. This blockage of the urethra interferes with the normal flow of urine. Symptoms of BPH include difficulty in starting to urinate (pee), taking a very long time to urinate, frequent trips to the bathroom, and a thin stream of urine. BPH sufferers may need to get up as many as five times a night to urinate. BPH causes increased risk of urinary tract infections, and the sound of a weak stream is embarrasing to many men.

Additionally, the enlarged prostate may generate additional prostate specific antigen (PSA). Prostatitis (inflamation of the prostate) and prostate infections can be caused by BPH, and they also increase PSA. Higher PSA level may cause concern since it is also associated with prostate cancer.

Prostatic growth is believed to begin at approximately age 30 years. By the time they are age 50, about 50% of men have evidence of prostate growth. By age 80, 75% of men have prostate growth. In 40-50% of these men, BPH becomes clinically significant (men seek treatment).

The most modern treatment for BPH, and best for most men, is HoLAP laser treatment.

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