Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Medical Reports: Prostate Problems
An enlarged prostate is common in aging men, but the medications and surgery aren't always easy to take. Now there's a new laser in South Florida that's zapping away Prostate Problems quick and easy.
WSVN -- James O'Donnell loves canine competition.
He raises and races hundreds of greyhounds.
James O'Donnell: "I've done it all my life."
But life in the fast lane recently slowed down for James because of an enlarged prostate.
It's a common condition in men over 50, where excess tissue builds up in the prostate.
The most common symptom: trouble with urination.
James O'Donnell: "You get up during the night maybe two or three times more than you should."
But it's more than a nuisance. Blockage from an enlarged prostate can lead to bladder or kidney damage.
James O'Donnell: "It was a danger point that I might have had a kidney shut down if I didn't take care of this."
Taking care of an enlarged prostate has traditionally meant prescription drugs or surgery with a long recovery time.
But Dr. Sanjay Razdan offered James an 'easier' alternative: a new high-powered laser.
Dr. Sanjay Razdan, Urology Center of Excellence of South Florida: "The water in the cells absorb this laser and evaporates, so, basically, you'll see the prosthetic tissue just fluffing up and evaporating right in front of you."
James O'Donnell: "It snaps like a rubber band, is about all you hear, but you don't feel anything."
There are several breakthrough benefits with this new laser:
- It's an outpatient procedure ... So patients can go home the same day.
- And because there's not much bleeding like with other surgeries and lasers, it's safe for high-risk patients on blood thinners, who aren't usually candidates.
- Also you're not stuck with a catheter for weeks.
Dr. Razdan: "About 80 percent of the patients will go without a catheter."
James saw instant relief and was able to go right back to work within days.
James O'Donnell: "I feel great, and I have no problems."
Action at the track is also great ... his dogs are winning.
James O'Donnell: "Always great to have a winner, everybody loves a winner (he laughs)."
This laser is also being used to break up kidney stones and bladder tumors.
Insurance does pay for this procedure.
For more information:
Urology Center of Excellence of South Florida
Prostate Institute of Miami
Comprehensive Stone Center of Miami
Professional Medical Building
1321 NW 14th Street, Suite 305
Miami, Florida 33125