5 Benefits of Laser Prostate Surgery

Posted on: 13 August 2021

If you need to undergo prostate surgery, you might understandably be worried about the risks, possible side effects and recovery period. One way to reduce the negative effects of prostate surgery is to opt for laser prostate surgery instead of a traditional open method. Here are some of the advantages that laser prostate surgery can offer.

1. Faster Recovery

As laser prostate surgery does not involve making incisions and creating an open surgical site, the site typically heals much faster. Although it is normal to have some inflammation after laser surgery, there is no large incision, which means that you should be back on your feet much more quickly.

2. Recover at Home

Most patients who undergo prostate surgery using a laser method are able to go home on the same day. In contrast, those who have traditional surgery usually need to stay in hospital overnight. Most people feel more comfortable at home, where they can sleep in peace, eat the food they like, and have their possessions and family around them.

3. Lower Risk of Infection

Traditional prostate surgery unfortunately has a relatively high risk of infection, as it is difficult to keep the surgical site perfectly clean and free from bacteria. Opting for laser surgery is a good way to reduce the infection risk, which means that you are less likely to need to take antibiotics and deal with their side effects.

4. No Catheter Needed

Most men who get traditional prostate surgery need to use a catheter while they are recovering, which can be uncomfortable. Some men experience bleeding from the penis as a side effect of catheter use. Men who get laser surgery are much less likely to need a catheter. When they do need to use one, the amount of time that they need to use the catheter is usually much shorter.

5. Lower Risk of Bleeding

One serious complication of traditional prostate surgery is the possibility of uncontrolled bleeding. Patients who lose a lot of blood might need a transfusion and usually have a longer recovery period. This complication is thankfully quite rare, but it is more common in people who need to take blood thinners for another medical condition.

Excessive bleeding is much less common with laser prostate surgery, which makes it a particularly good option for people who are on blood-thinning medication, as well as a safe and convenient surgical option for everyone else.