Since the 1980s, several generations of lasers have been used to treat obstructive prostate symptoms. LASER is an acronym for light-amplification stimulated emission resonance. In practical terms, this means that the light energy is very focused and allows powerful and precise application of the light energy to tissue.
The potential advantages of laser therapy include minimal bleeding, avoidance of TUR syndrome, less retrograde ejaculation, the ability to treat patients on blood thinners (such as Warfarin [Coumadin] and aspirin), and the potential to treat patients on an outpatient basis.
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