Urology Center Of Idaho

Urology Center of Idaho
208.233.3355
500 S 11th Ave # 301

Pocatello, ID 83201

         
 


The very word ‘LASER’ has been a mesmerizing buzzword ever since the inception of the acronym on the early 1960s. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation allows us to create a tight bundle of light which can be used for a variety of applications. Nowadays lasers are used to cut steel, measure the distance of stellar objects, and, yes, treat problems urinating.

Prostate Surgery Using Lasers

Yes, lasers with their ability to concentrate a large amount of energy into a tight spot have lead doctors to use them to do surgery on the prostate. Initial experience lead to the realization that while the prostate can be evaporated and a successful surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia can be done, severe side effects of irritation and are frequently present.

Learning from this early experiences other laser systems were developed. Modern systems such as the XPS green light laser are now used to treat prostate symptoms with minimal side effects. The Urology Center employs this type of laser successfully for years.

Stone Surgery Using Lasers

Until about 15 years from now surgery for stones located in the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder frequently involved open surgery or “basketing”. This was fraught with a host of complications such as excessive pain or injury to the ureter necessitating further extensive surgery.

Ureteroscopy and laser lithotripsy has changed all that. Endoscopes allow nontraumatic access to the ureter and the Holmium:YAG laser make it possible to approach a stone dislodged in the ureter. The laser is then used to break up the stone into a myriad of miniscule pieces which can then be washed out without pain.

Both prostate and stone surgery using lasers were introduced by the Urology Center of Idaho in southeastern Idaho.

 
 

Urology Center of Idaho
500 S 11th Ave # 301
Pocatello, ID 83201
208.233.3355

 
 
         

Urology Center of Idaho
500 S 11th Ave Ste. 301,
Pocatello, ID 83201
208.233.3355

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