Causes and Statistics of BPH-Georgia GreenLight Laser

Causes and Statistics of BPH.

What are the causes and statistics?

Causes

Prostate enlargement occurs naturally as a man ages. No one knows exactly why the condition occurs, but it is one of the most common diseases among aging men.1

Statistics

BPH affects approximately 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 and up to 90% of men over the age of 80.2 BPH affects more than 27 million men over 50 each year in the United States3 Up to 95% of men with moderate symptoms are unhappy and don’t want to spend the rest of their life with these symptoms4 If left untreated, BPH can lead to complications including infection; renal failure; and urinary, bladder, or kidney stones.2,5


The evolution the laser for the treatment of prostate enlargement. Northeast Ga Urological Assoc.

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My dog Penelope has nothing to do with the laser of the prostate although dogs, males that is, have a prostate too. I just liked the “green” in the picture. She has just taken a swim to “get her stick” and is just “skakin it off.”

In regards to the evolution of the laser in the treatment of the prostate, the following article is very interesting and informative. It discusses PVP, which is the type of laser the GreenLight is, and other forms. In my thirty years of practicing urology, I have used about all of them. The GreenLight to me is by far the most beneficial in terms of ease of using, lack of bleeding, outpatient, and limited need for post operative catheter.

What’s on the horizon? Well there is now the Urolift and Rezum. One uses a device to pull the prostatic urethra apart and the other uses steam. I’ll talk more about them later.

The evolution of the laser in the treatment of BPH.