PlasmaButton BPH Specialists
Treating BPH Near Wilkes-Barre, PA
BPH therapy aims at reducing the patients’ symptoms and improving their quality of life. Moderate symptoms can usually be treated successfully with medication. Surgery becomes necessary in cases where the medication is either not effective, not well tolerated, or if there are severe complications. Ultimately, three out of ten men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia have to undergo surgery. Surgery constitutes the most effective and permanent treatment option, as it directly targets the cause of the problem. The enlarged tissue is surgically removed and the urethra is relieved from the pressure.
Today, doctors can choose from a variety of safe and effective minimally invasive surgical options by which the prostatic tissue is removed through the penis via the urethra (transurethral).
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) represents the standard procedure, and as been performed in the most cases to date. TURP is usually performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon reaches the prostate by inserting a thin, tube-like instrument (resectoscope) through the urethra. A light source and a very small camera attached to the resectoscope allow the surgeon to see a magnified view of the prostate. A wire loop electrode at the tip of the resectoscope is passed along the enlarged prostatic tissue as the surgeon cuts away obstructing tissue one piece at a time. The prostate is virtually “shelled out” from the inside and symptoms are reduced effectively. Despite the gentle, minimally invasive treatment, there is a chance of side effects such as bleeding or tissue irritation.
Minimally Invasive PlasmaButton Treatments
New and More Gentle PlasmaButton™ Vaporization PlasmaButton™ vaporization is a completely new surgical option that is now available to doctors for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is an innovative advancement to a conventional TURP in which prostate tissue is removed more gently using low-temperature plasma energy. This device is not for use in treating cancer of the prostate.
As opposed to the conventional TURP, this new procedure does not cut and shave off tissue with a loop or burn it away with a laser, but gently vaporizes the tissue with a small button-shaped electrode. Using low-voltage energy, a plasma field is created that coats the half-spherical-shaped button. Tissue in contact with this plasma field is vaporized. The surgeon uses a unique hovering technique so there is virtually no direct contact needed between the PlasmaButton™ and tissue. This advanced PlasmaButton™ not only vaporizes the enlarged tissue, but it also coagulates the remaining healthy tissue and leaves behind a smooth surface. Bleeding during and after surgery can be minimized from the start encouraging a rapid healing process. PlasmaButton™ vaporization constitutes a more advanced procedure than standard loop resection or laser surgery and provides the patient with a maximum degree of safety while being as effective as the current standard treatment option. Even though the tissue is removed more gently, the symptoms can be relieved just as effectively and with the same long-lasting results as prior standard procedures including some types of minimally-invasive procedures that may require a second treatment.
Advantages of PlasmaButton Vaporization Versus Other Treatments
In contrast to other standard energy treatments that operate with high temperatures, the PlasmaButton™ vaporization uses low-temperature plasma energy to safely remove BPH tissue while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Personal risks of side effects following surgery are based on individual results; however, the Button vaporization method may minimize the side effects resulting in:
- Short procedure time
- Short catheterization time following the procedure
- Brief post-operative hospital stay
- Minimal post-operative discomfort
- Quick return to normal activities