In older men, it is common for the prostate gland to grow larger. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia and can lead to trouble urinating: having to go too often, not being able to go, or not being able to empty the bladder completely. Treatment often involves surgery to remove part of the enlarged prostate. The surgery is called transurethral resection of the prostate.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews Photoselective Vaporization for the Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
A laser treatment called photoselective vaporization of the prostate can also be used to shrink the prostate. It is less expensive than surgery and does not require a hospital stay.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care endorses this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The Ministry agrees with this recommendation and encourages health care providers to consider using this procedure. The treatment of prostatic obstruction using surgery (either through transurethral resection of the prostate [TURP] or photoselective vaporization) is an insured service in Ontario. The Ministry is currently reviewing whether changes are needed to further promote use of this procedure instead of TURP.