Several laser methods for treating an enlarged prostate
gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH) are now being
used. Laser therapy uses a laser beam to remove the part of the prostate that is blocking
urethra. The procedure is done under either a
spinal anesthetic. Most men who have laser treatment
of BPH are able to leave the hospital the same or the next day.
While several laser methods are used, in general they all either sear
(laser ablation) or vaporize (laser vaporization) the prostate tissue.
The Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) Symptom Score Index can help your doctor understand how severe enlarged prostate symptoms are.
If your total score is less than seven, your symptoms are considered mild. Higher scores indicate more severe symptoms. Your doctor can discuss your scores with you -- and what they indicate about your need for treatment.
Use the following point scale to answer each of the questions. Total the score from all the questions.
0 = Not at all
3 = About...