Laser prostate surgery is used to "rebore" or enucleate the centre out of the prostate, to relieve blockage when benign prostate enlargement makes it difficult for men to pass urine. In correctly diagnosed patients, it achieves similar excellent relief of such symptoms as the classical TURP operation (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate), but with less bleeding, and a shorter hospital stay and recovery. These procedures should not be confused with complete removal of the prostate as may be performed for prostate cancer.
Patients may have bothersome symptoms of urinary blockage such as being slow to get started, have a reduced or even intermittent stream, urgency of needing to go, and getting up too often at night. More severe cases can develop urinary infections or stones, back pressure damage to the kidneys, or present abruptly with complete inability to pass urine.
Many men can be helped with medications, but those who do not respond to, tolerate or like medications, or those presenting as more severe cases, may benefit from surgery.
Lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for prostate surgery. Dr Gianduzzo introduced the first Thulium laser in Queensland in 2010 and proctored other urologists in its introduction in other areas of the state. He is skilled in a variety of Holmium or Thulium laser techniques used according to patient need.