This health video focuses on photoselective vaporization of the prostate, which uses a high-powered laser to vaporize only the problematic prostate tissue.
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Jennifer Matthews: Executive Patrick Trischitta spends a lot of time sitting down, but a medical condition made sitting more than 20 minutes unbearable. Patrick Trischitta: I would be thinking, when could I excuse myself to go to the men's room? Jennifer Matthews: Patrick suffered from BPH, an enlarged prostate. Medication wasn't enough, but surgery was more than he wanted. Patrick Trischitta: Doctors, many years ago, said I was due for surgery, and I avoided that, but I knew it was inevitable. Jennifer Matthews: Urologist Alexis Te solved his problem with Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate. PVP uses a high-powered laser to vaporize only the problematic prostate tissue. This clears up any obstruction with minimal blood loss. Alexis Te: This therapy really challenges your traditional surgery to get you the same type of results and improvements, but at the same time, with a much safer way of doing it with quicker recovery. Jennifer Matthews: A six-center study on the technique shows promising results. Alexis Te: These patients had a greater than 90-percent improvement in their symptoms, in their urinary flow rate, and 90 percent of them experienced a significant increase in their quality of life. Patrick Trischitta: Six months after the surgery, I was to the point where I was in my 20's before I even knew I had a prostate. Jennifer Matthews: Thanks to PVP, Patrick doesn't have to walk in the shadow of BPH anymore. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.