Sunday, May 30, 2010

Surgery linked to improved prostate symptoms

Medications, laser treatment and surgery can all arrest the growth of an enlarged prostate gland, but only surgery can produce an improvement in symptoms, particularly a reduction in incontinence, researchers said Saturday.

The surgery, known as transurethral resection of the prostate, or TURP, is generally reserved for those who have failed to respond to drug treatment or who cannot tolerate the medications, but the new findings suggest it might be useful to introduce it earlier in the course of the disease, said Dr. Amy Krambeck of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who reported the findings at a San Francisco meeting of the American Urological Assn.

"Only those patients treated with TURP had an improvement in leakage, a 22.6% decrease," Krambeck said. "Laser treatment did not change incontinence whatsoever, while medical therapy led to a worsening" of incontinence.
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