Light amplification simulated emission of radiation. It is used in various fields. Its use in medical field is getting expanded day by day.
FAQ - Lasers
Its use is well known since last 30 years or so, however its advancements has been realized recently with the advent of various other new lasers. Today its use is extensive in the field of urology for genitourinary disorders like kidney stones, prostate enlargement, Bladder cancer, urethral strictures, and certain kind of obstruction in the urinary passages (PUJ obstruction, ureteral strictures etc.)
No , it is not true. It is the biggest MYTH that lasers mean no intervention. In fact one needs transmitting media like rigid scopes or fibreoptic scopes to deliver the energy to targeted organs, which is best done under anesthesia. It is used inside the body to cut and removed the diseased part with precision and with out blood loss!. It is like a “cold knife”.
Your uncle might have misunderstood the whole process of treatment. Probably he might have undergone shock wave lithotripsy(ESWL). And this is not laser treatment.
No it is not true. Each Lasers are named depending on their wavelength and their depth of penetration into the tissues. In fact for urological disease itself there are 4-5 lasers and for prostate itself there are various lasers , like Holmium laser, KTP laser, Thullium laser, Diode lasers etc to to mention few. And for kidney stones only Holmium laser is helpful. So one needs different laser to treat different organ or the pathology.
The treating physician decides this. One should also know that only few lasers are approved by the FDA., like Holmium and KTP lasers for prostate enlargement and Lower power holmium laser for kidney stones.
Yes we have High power holmium lasers, Low power holmium laser, Low power KTP and high Power KTP lasers under one roof which can be used for different urology dieseases like prostate enlargement, Bladder stones and bladder cancers and Low power Holmium lasers for kidney stones , ureteric stones and strictures of the urethra.
Experience and expertise At Columbia Asia
Laser applications in Kidney stones :
Laser applications in prostate:
- Large prostates > 60 gms ; HoLEP (holmium laser enucleation of the prostate)
- Prostate of extralarge size (>100-200->350 gms); HoLEP : holmium laser enucleation of the prostate
- High Cardiac risk patient on antiplatelets(blood thinners ) : KTP – high power XPS for large prostates
- High risk with small prostates: PVP (photoselective vapourisation of the prostate
Laser applications in others
*RIRS : retrograde intrarenal surgery: for kidney stones.
*HoLEP : Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate: for treating BPH