A 46-year-old male asked:
Disclaimer

my dad has heard about a laser to treat his bph. is it better than taking medication? is it the best technology?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Martin Linder
43 years experience Family Medicine
Meds first: Both alfa antagonists (hytrin, cardura, (doxazosin) flomax) as well as 5?-reductase inhibitors (avodart, proscar) should be tried first to relieve the symptoms of BPH before invasive procedures are done. If unsuccessful, minimally invasive surgery done in a urologist office are next. Transurethral surgery done in a hospital (sometime with laser) is the last choice.
Answered on Jan 1, 2017
5
5 thanks
Dr. James Krick
36 years experience Urology
BPH: Is not necessarily better than medications but it is an option. The majority of people with BPH can be managed with one or two medications. Thos who do not wish to take medication or cannot tolerate them can consider minimally invasive prostate ablative surgery.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Cabot
22 years experience Family Medicine
Fever=infection: If he is having a fever after surgery you should definitely follow up with his surgeon. A microabscess is an area of infection that has been walked of ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricio Gargollo
21 years experience Pediatric Urology
Maybe: This is a very long conversation. Turp is the "gold standard" surgery for prostatic enlargement it basically uses a loop with an electric curent to sl ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
A Verified Doctor answered
A US doctor answered Learn more
Laser is good, but..: Technically, i prefer greenlight for its simplicity to use and its effectiveness in result. But, remember: the procedure is only to relieve obstructio ... Read More
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month