A growing, aging population necessitates the need to continuously develop less invasive procedures for diagnosis and treatment purposes. In the world of urology, lasers have become a critical part of the treatment of a number of function concerns and disorders of the urinary system.
A patient may find themselves receiving treatment via urology lasers for a number of conditions. Some are more routine, such as kidney and bladder stones, with operation times greatly reduced. Other more serious conditions including bladder tumors, prostatic hyperplasia, and urolithiasis benefit greatly from the use of lasers since it decreases the need to make adjustments to new or existing medications. Enlarged prostate procedures are also routinely treated via lasers, and this type of treatment greatly reduces the need for implants.
A major focus of the entire medical device industry includes the development and implementation of minimally invasive devices. On a physical level, the patient receives less trauma than that of an endoscope or other procedure that requires larger cuts into the body, thus greatly reducing recovery time or the need for potentially addictive pain medication. Perhaps most importantly, and especially for elderly or otherwise generally unhealthy patients, lasers reduce the need for general anesthesia and eliminate the dangers and side effects associated with the practice.
From a business perspective, the increased use of lasers is a major benefit for physicians. Many procedures utilizing lasers can be performed within an outpatient setting in a doctor’s office, which reduces costs and frees up space in hospitals for more serious procedures. Furthermore, the procedures themselves are much faster, thus increasing the number of patients they can treat in a day.
As procedures involving cutting open the human body become increasingly archaic, lasers have been identified as a safer, more efficient form of treatment for many conditions. Urological conditions affect a large percentage of the population, and the continued development and implementation of these devices will be crucial to the long term care of patients worldwide.