A 46-year-old male asked:
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 answered
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
Dr. James Krick answered
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
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