[Reprinted from Parkland Medical Center newsletter, For Your Health, Spring 2005]
Parkland Medical Center First in NH to use New Laser Procedure
Parkland Medical Center is the first hospital in New Hampshire to perform a new laser treatment for enlarged prostate called the GreenLight Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) Laser Procedure. The hospital began performing the procedure using this new laser technology last June. Urologic surgeon Edward A. Chibaro, is performing the laser treatment at Parkland Medical Center and has also taught other surgeons throughout New England how to perform the procedure. Being the only hospital in the state to use this non-invasive treatment option, Parkland Medical Center is also a training site for the GreenLight PVP Laser treatment.
The Greenlight PVP Laser Procedure has been proven safe and effective in clinical studies conducted over a five-year period at many of the nation's leading medical institutions. "The clinical trials are stunningly convincing," said Dr. Chibaro. "I pursued training in this procedure so that I could bring this advanced treatment to my patients in the greater Derry community" Parkland Medical Center is offering this breakthrough treatment to men who suffer from urinary problems such as frequent and painful urination and a weak urine stream resulting from an enlarged prostate.
Enlarged prostate affects more than 14 million men each year in the United States and more than half of all men over the age of 60 develop an enlarged prostate. By age 80, nearly 80% of men have this condition, known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms include difficulty in urinating and increased frequency of urination.
Until now, treatment options included medication, a variety of heat treatments, or an invasive surgical procedure. The non-surgical treatments have a high failure rate with outcomes less significant than the surgical option, known as Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP). This surgical procedure can provide significant relief but is accompanied by serious side effects, such as impotence, incontinence, blood loss, and a four to six week recovery period. "The Greenlight PVP Laser Procedure is non-invasive and is replacing a procedure that had problems and complications," said Dr. Chibaro. "Since I have been performing the laser procedures, my patients have less complications and no hospital stay is required. Patients are extremely gratified."
As an alternative to invasive surgery, GreenLight PVP delivers immediate relief of symptoms and dramatic restore of urine flow with minimal risk. Patients commonly leave the hospital within a couple of hours, and can return to normal, non-strenuous activities within a week.
For more information about the Greenlight PVP Laser Procedure, please call 603.421.3603 or visit www.parklandmedicalcenter.com.