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The Doctors share the story of a man who ignored the warning signs that his prostate was in trouble and nearly died.
Gary was experiencing bloating, swollen ankles, high blood pressure, weakness, and a low urine flow. He had an enlarged prostate and ended up in the emergency room and was told he was in renal failure and could die.
This lead to him having to use a catheter 5 times a day, which he said was difficult, humiliating and caused him to become depressed.
He sought out urologist Dr. Amy Krambeck, who performs a laser procedure that treats enlarged prostates. He is happy to share the procedure was a success and says, "[Dr. Krambeck] gave me my life back... the urine is flowing. I am happy to be done with catheters."
Dr. Krambeck tells us the technology uses a holmium laser, that is used after being inserted into the urethra and she explains there is no cutting or incisions. The urologist uses the laser to open up the channels in the prostate and also removes excess tissue in order for patients to urinate without the use of a catheter. She notes any size prostate can be treated with this procedure, the risk of incontinence is very low(only 1 percent have any type of leakage a year after the surgery), and it does not cause erectile dysfunction.
Gary says he completely recovered after 2 weeks and adds, "I feel like I'm about 18 years old again!"
To prevent prostate issues, Dr. Krambeck stresses the importance of diet and exercise. She says signs of a prostate issue might be getting up to urinate more at night, hesitancy or difficulty in urinating, and the slowing of your urine stream. The urologist says if you have any of these symptoms to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and cold medications that contain decongestants -- and of course, consult with your doctor or urologist.