Laser prostate surgery may sound daunting, but in fact, it is a safe and effective method of removing the excess tissue from an enlarged prostate that is causing urinary problems. As with all medical procedures, it will go more smoothly if you prepare for it.
The first thing to do is to arrange for someone to take you home and stay with you for the next day. Laser prostate surgery is not a serious invasive procedure, but you will not be able to drive yourself home and will need to take it easy for a few days. You should try to find a friend or family member who can take you home and look after you.
You will then need to make sure that your doctor knows about any medications you are taking. You may have to stop taking them a few days in advance, particularly if they thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding. Don't make any decisions on your own — let your doctor decide whether or not you can carry on with the medication. You may be prescribed laxatives in advance of the surgery to empty the bowels, but again you should only take them if your doctor advises it.
While you are talking to your doctor, make sure that you fully understand the procedure. You will probably be given a general anaesthetic and a device called a resectoscope will be inserted into your urethra. This includes a camera and a laser, and it enables the surgeon to vaporise the excess tissue. Understanding what will happen should help to dispel any anxieties you have, so make sure you ask questions and bring up any concerns well in advance
You should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of the surgery. Before this, it is important to eat a healthy nutritious diet in order to increase your ability to recover. If you are obese your doctor may advise you to lose weight before the procedure, but this is something you should discuss before making any changes.
Finally, try to arrive on time, and with any toiletries, snacks or devices you will need if you are to be kept in overnight.
The most important thing though is not to worry. Laser prostate surgery has a very high success rate and a low risk of side effects. Make sure you take any advice your doctor gives you and you should experience a quick recovery.
Reach out to a laser prostate surgery provider for more information.