Relief for older men
A new procedure is offering relief for older men in West Sussex who can now have a common condition sorted without having to spend three days in hospital.
More than half of men aged over 50 have an enlarged prostate gland, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, which can prevent them from urinating normally.
The two traditional remedies mean they either take tablets for the rest of their lives, or undergo an operation which usually sees patients admitted into hospital for three days.
However, a new surgical technique has been trialled at Worthing Hospital, and the problem can now be addressed in Day Surgery at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester and soon at Southlands Hospital, Shoreham.
“I think its brilliant,” said 74-year-old Frank Jones from East Preston, the first person to benefit from the new technique used by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
“I was back home the same evening,” he continued, “and I am really pleased that I didn’t have the inconvenience of staying in hospital for three days.”
Mr Simon Woodhams, Consultant Urological Surgeon, has been leading the trial and is delighted with the results being achieved.
He said: “We are using new technology which is great news for patients because it is much safer, which means they can return home the same day as their operation.”
Previously, surgeons used a device which operated in either a water or glycine solution, some of which was absorbed into the body making the patient feel poorly, and which sometimes caused a serious condition known as TUR syndrome.
The new technique, known as TURis, operates in a saline solution, which the body can absorb safely, and the same liquid facilitates the use of a much hotter plasma tool to remove the swelling, which in turn significantly reduces bleeding.
We can make a huge difference to men’s quality of life
Mr Jones said: “When I came round from the anaesthetic there was no soreness, no pain, nothing, which my wife just couldn’t believe.
“And being back in the comfort of my own home that same day did make a lot of difference because it makes you feel much more at ease.”
Mr Woodhams said: “I am absolutely delighted for Mr Jones. He had a very distended bladder due to the enlargement of his prostate gland and before the operation I thought the likelihood of success was low.
“However, he was the first patient to have the new procedure as a day case and afterwards his bladder function returned to normal, which is an excellent result.
“It demonstrates the new technique is very effective because we achieved a perfect result with a borderline case.”
Benign enlargement of the prostate is a very common condition in older men, affecting four out of five of those over 80.
Mr Woodhams said: “It is much better to have to have it sorted out because we can now do these fairly straight forward procedures and make a huge difference to men and their quality of life.”
Anyone experiencing trouble urinating is advised to visit their GP, who can also check for prostate cancer with a simple blood test.