HOLSTON VALLEY ONLY HOSPITAL IN TENNESSEE TO OFFER NEW PROSTATE PROCEDURE

As men age, their prostates grow. Sometimes, the organ grows to the point that urination becomes difficult. And left untreated, benign prostate enlargement can become a serious condition.

In the past, advanced cases could be treated only through invasive surgery. But thanks to new technology at Holston Valley Medical Center, area men with benign prostate enlargement have the option of a holmium laser prostatectomy.

“For the last 100 years, the medical community has looked for new and better ways to cool, warm, radiate or operate on the prostate,” said James Herman, MD, the only physician in Tennessee who performs laser prostatectomies. “So far, this is one of the best.”

In a laser prostatectomy, the physician reaches the prostate via the bladder through a catheter. A camera and scope are run through the catheter to allow the physician to see the prostate, and a laser is then inserted to eliminate the excess growth.

“This procedure is part of a continuum of treatments available at Wellmont Holston Valley,” Dr. Herman said. “When initial treatments, like drugs, are not appropriate, this is a minimally invasive procedure that offers several advantages over traditional surgery.”

Traditional prostate surgery usually requires a patient to stay one to two days in the hospital, followed by another six weeks of “light-lifting” recovery time. Patients also experience intermittent bleeding for up to six weeks after the surgery.

A laser prostatectomy, though, is an outpatient procedure with a lower rate of complications. Patients can go home the day of the procedure and usually return to normal activities two weeks later. Patients also experience less bleeding, an important factor for patients with heart problems or other conditions that require blood-thinning medications.

In the six months he has offered the procedure, Dr. Herman has performed nearly 30 laser prostatectomies, all with positive results.

“This procedure is not right for all patients,” Dr. Herman said, adding that the size of the prostate is often the determining factor in what treatment is appropriate. “But this is an excellent tool to complement what we already offer.”

###

Media Contacts

Jim Wozniak
Office - (423) 408-7299
Fax - (423) 408-7401

Recent Releases

Dec 23, 2013 10:10:00 AM

Wellmont to hold blood drives at area organizations

Wellmont Health System’s Marsh Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations in the coming ...
Dec 23, 2013 6:59:00 AM

People who quit smoking will achieve improved health but require desire to stop to succeed

ROGERSVILLE – As the calendar flips to a new year, many people in the region will seek to transform their lives with new habits ...
Dec 18, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Five young Wellmont professionals selected as 40 Under Forty recipients by Business Journal

KINGSPORT – Five dynamic young professionals with Wellmont Health System have been recognized for their contributions to ...