Alternative Treatment Options For Depression

I've experienced several periods of depression throughout my adult life, and while prescription drugs have proved helpful, I've been keen to explore drug-free ways to manage and treat my depression. I started this blog to share my personal experience battling this illness and the alternative treatment options I've tried, including dietary supplements, talking therapies, meditation, relaxation exercises, massage and acupuncture. I also post about current research on the effectiveness of holistic therapies at treating depression, and the blog contains guest posts written by others with depression who have tried drug-free treatments. I hope you find the information on this blog useful.

Who Needs Prostate Surgery, and How Does It Work?

Health & Medical Blog

If you have an enlarged prostate that causes a urination problem, you may benefit from laser prostate surgery. This surgery has several benefits over traditional surgery for some enlarged prostate conditions. Many men find relief for their condition without sacrificing their sex life. Continue reading to learn more about who needs laser prostate surgery and what it entails.

Who Needs Prostate Surgery?

Prostate surgery is reserved for men with a problematic enlarged prostate. This condition is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. BPH is a very common condition where the prostate enlarges enough to block the urethra. Many men experience this issue as they get older. Your doctor may recommend surgery if the blockage causes significant urinary tract issues. It is not the same as prostate removal. That procedure is prescribed for men with cancer.

Why Does the Prostate Enlarge?

BPH is most frequently tied to normal hormone changes as men get older. Most men's prostate grows continuously over their lives. However, some men's prostate grows in a way that they can no longer urinate properly. Men with a family history of prostate problems are more likely to need medical intervention. Certain health conditions, like diabetes and obesity, can contribute to BPH.

How Does Laser Prostate Surgery Work?

Laser prostate surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where a laser trims away the part of the prostate that is causing the problem. You will likely be put under general anaesthesia during the process. Some doctors may use a region anaesthetic to numb you below the waist instead. The surgeon inserts a telescope (also known as a resectoscope) into the urethra. The resectoscope has a laser that the surgeon uses to cut away excess tissue.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Prostate Surgery?

Because the procedure is minimally invasive, you will experience less bleeding. You will also have a reduced chance of infection than traditional surgery. You will also spend less time in your doctor's office or hospital. Many men see immediate improvement soon after surgery. However, the surgery's full effect won't be apparent for a few months after you have healed.

After the surgery, you will need to use a catheter for a couple of weeks. Afterwards, you should be able to urinate on your own. You may have some minor issues, like blood in the urine, for a short time after you recover. You may have incontinence issues for a time as well. However, your doctor will give you instructions on dealing with these issues. For more questions about laser prostate surgery and its effects, see your physician.  


15 September 2021