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Laser Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

Half of all men over the age of 50 develop enlarged prostate or BPH, a condition that may cause a slow flow of urine, a frequent need to urinate and a feeling that the bladder never completely empties. As a result, sleep may be disrupted and many men avoid traveling or wearing light pants for fear of embarrassment.

Fortunately, treatment for enlarged prostate has become faster and less invasive with a procedure known as GreenLight PVP (photoselective vaporization of the prostate). A camera guided laser fiber is inserted into the urethra and threaded to the prostate, where it’s used to destroy excess tissue. Performed under anesthesia on an outpatient basis, this minimally invasive surgery restores urine flow quickly. GreenLight PVP is just one of many revolutionary procedures available at Virginia Hospital Center. For example, laparoscopic procedures, also known as “ keyhole surgeries,” are now being performed in the treatment of many kidney and prostate tumors. In some cases, laparoscopy is combined with cryoablation, a procedure that uses a thin probe to freeze and kill malignant cells while preserving healthy tissue. The incisions with laparoscopic surgery are small, and patients typically go home within a day or two.

In the best cases, advanced urological treatments restore both urinary function and dignity. For patients with bladder cancer, a new bladder can be formed from a piece of small intestine, replacing the need for an external urinary collection bag, notes Robert Mordkin, MD, formerly an Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Laparoscopic Urology at Georgetown University Hospital.

Now head of Virginia Hospital Center’s state-of-the-art urology program, Dr. Mordkin joined by Andrew Joel, MD, also a former faculty member at Georgetown and fellowship trained in laparoscopic surgery.

The program—which offers expertise in conditions ranging from simple kidney stones and incontinence to more complex urological cancers—is available to all patients, including self-referrals and individuals seeking a second opinion. For more information, call 703.717.4200.

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