New laser procedure helping with prostate issues

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PHOENIX -- It's one of the most common prostate problems in men. In fact, it can affect millions in the United States. While it can be treated, there’s a new procedure doing more than just providing relief.   

“It was not 10, 20, 30 seconds from now, it was now or you had a problem,” Donald Jones said.

It was an embarrassing problem Jones knew he had to fix. He always had that urgent feeling of wanting to urinate.

“I thought maybe it was just something that happened when you did get older,” he said.

But after six months of agony, Jones got help. Dr. Mark Hong with Affiliated Urologists diagnosed him with what's called benign prostatic hyperplasia or (BPH).

“What happens over time in men, and it happens virtually in all men, is that the prostate enlarges,” Hong said. “It becomes a problem when you start to notice that you're having trouble getting your urine out.”

While there are several treatment options, Jones chose a minimally invasive procedure called the laser TURP.

"We core out the inside of the prostate and open it up mechanically to produce a large channel inside the prostate," Hong said. "This involves laser energy that is used to literally vaporize the prostate so that it just goes away or melts."

Hong said there are several benefits to doing this procedure when removing the prostate tissue that's blocking the urine flow.

“The laser TURP causes less bleeding and that means that your recovering time is much quicker and it also means a lot safer for you.” Hong said. “But the second benefit that is unique to our office is that we're doing it here in the office.”

Hong said being able to complete the procedure in an office rather than the hospital means patients don't have to take much time out of their schedule.

“You check in 15 minutes before your procedure,” Hong said. “The procedure takes about 30 minutes and then out the door about 30 minutes later.”

Jones had his procedure more than month ago and today things are back to normal.

“The relief is almost instant,” Jones said. “It had to heal and anyone who doesn't do it is crazy because how do you know what it's going to lead to.”

For more information on the laser TURP go to www.markhongmd.com.