Laser device treats enlarged prostates and kidney stones at John Flynn Private Hospital

Sep 03, 2019

A minimally invasive procedure using a laser device to treat enlarged prostates and remove kidney stones is now available at John Flynn Private Hospital.

The 100-Watt high-powered Cyber Holmium Laser Quanta System was proposed by urologist Dr Martin Elmes for placement at the facility.

The system’s multi-application laser platform can be used to perform:
Holmium Laser Enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP), which is a technique for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) to remove obstructing prostatic tissue causing increased urinary outflow obstruction in men.
Lithotripsy, which is the treatment/removal of kidney stones. The device offers a ‘vapor tunnel’ which creates an ‘invisible basket’ to help reduce stone movement while lasering.

The laser device follows the exact anatomical plane in a prostate with ultimate precision, allowing complete resection of obstructing tissue while preserving the outer capsule, erectile nerves and urethral sphincter.

Dr Elmes said benefits of the HoLEP procedure with the laser device can include “minimal bleeding as there is less cutting required, speedy recovery time, minimal re-operation rate, and lower chance of erectile dysfunction.”

BPH is the most common cancerous prostate disease, affecting 50 per cent of men between 51 and 60 years old and 90 per cent of men over the age of 80. 

“Men experience varying symptoms of BPH with different degrees of bother, including increased frequency and urgency of urination, difficulty starting, maintaining and finishing urination. They may also experience urine infections,” Dr Elmes said.

So far, more than 50 men have undergone treatment at the hospital using the new laser device.