An Oklahoma City doctor is using the newest medical laser system to treat enlarged prostates, and prevent kidney failures, bladder stones and other urological difficulties in men. Dr. Carson Wong treats “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia,” also known as an enlarged prostate, with a new surgical laser device. An enlarged prostate is the most common men’s health problem, affecting about half of all men age 50 and older. The prostate can grow from the size of a walnut to that of a large grapefruit, Wong said. With seven patients this summer, Wong has used the new “GreenLight HPS” laser to vaporize enlarged lobes of the prostate and open up the urethra. The laser vaporizes and removes enlarged prostate tissue that causes urinary-flow obstruction, the physician said. “Results are almost immediate, causing virtually no blood loss and preserving sexual function. Patients are usually discharged from the hospital several hours after completion of the procedure and need only a few days for recovery,” Wong said. Using two types of surgical lasers in 2005 and 2006, Wong has treated patients ages 48 to 94 who suffered from enlarged prostates. The surgical device can be used on an outpatient basis, and men can return to their jobs and lifestyles much sooner than previous types of prostate surgery, the doctor said. The laser surgery, while not used for treating prostate cancer, can halt related medical problems that include kidney failure, blood in the urine and bladder stones, Wong said. Wong, who is a member of OU Physicians, uses the surgical laser at OU Medical Center. The new laser-surgery system, Wong said, is minimally invasive, low risk and faster than other prostate treatments. One of Wong’s recent patients is Dale P. Tacheny, 77, of Oklahoma City, who said he had the laser surgery for an enlarged prostate and went back to work “the next day.” Wong is certified to train other physicians to use the new surgical laser. Traditional treatments for enlarged prostates include medication, a variety of heat treatments or invasive surgery.
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