The prostate is a small gland that secretes the fluid portion of semen. It sits just under the bladder, wedged in front of the rectum. The prostate plays an essential role in both reproduction and sexual function, but it’s also the source of a variety of problems for men, especially as they get older.
Dr. Shusterman and his staff are qualified to manage any condition that affects the prostate, but common problems include:
Dr. Shusterman uses a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment program for any patient with a problem prostate no matter what the cause, including some state-of-the-art procedures like transurethral microwave therapy, Urolift® treatment, and laser prostate resection.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia or enlarged prostate is probably the most common problem older men face. The prostate gland encircles the urethra, a tube that allows urine and semen to pass out of the penis. If that gland enlarges, which it often does as part of the aging process, it pinches off the urethra, interfering with urine flow.
Transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT) is a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia. This surgical procedure involves the use of microwave energy transmitted via the urethra using a microwave antenna, to heat the prostate. Heating the gland helps reduce the size of it naturally, opening up the urethra and allowing for a strong, steady urine stream to pass. The process is minimally invasive and comes with few risks.
Urolift is a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for enlarged prostate that doesn't require heating the gland or trimming it surgically. Dr. Shusterman places tiny implants in key areas to hold the prostate lobes apart. This opens up the urethra allowing for urine to pass through without blockage. The surgery is done right in the office with just a local anesthetic.
Laser prostate resection is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure that surgically removes part of the prostate gland to allow for better urination. It is done as an outpatient procedure under anesthesia. Dr. Shusterman uses a laser to destroy prostate tissue blocking the opening of the urethra.