Focal Laser Ablation at the Prostate Laser Center in Houston, TX

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After a diagnosis of severe BPH and aggressive Gleason 8 prostate cancer, my wife found Dr. Karamanian and the Prostate Laser Center online. A phone interview, an office visit, and another MRI (expertly read by Dr. K) convinced us to deny my urologist's recommendation for a radical prostatectomy and use Dr. K's laser treatment. The laser ablation went well. Recovery was uncomfortable because of the amount of tissue that had to be ablated, but only lasted about 3 months, at which time my PSA went from 6.4 to 1.6, with all BPH symptoms gone. Now at 6 months post ablation, my PSA is 2.0, no cancer detected via MRI follow-up, and all other functions are normal. Dr. Karamanian and his staff are superb. Professional, caring, accessible, and responsive to your needs. I would recommend Dr. K to any man experiencing BPH or prostate cancer.

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    A good friend of mine had an FLA procedure with Dr. Karamanian earlier this year. I had a disastrous Greenlight procedure in 2016 that left me highly and permanently incontinent and with ED. He and I had biked, hiked, etc. together for years, so he was aware of how negatively I had been impacted, so we talked often on the phone, (he and his wife had moved to another state.) I had spent a lot of time reading this board and became aware of Dr. K and FLA. When my friend had some indication of cancer after an unguided needle biopsy by another urologist, as well as having a long time history of BPH, I strongly advised that he contact Dr. K. (He was given the needle biopsy without any record of elevated PSA. Go figure!)

    He call Dr. Karamanian who had him have a 3T scan done locally and sent to him. He then had the FLA. He is extremely happy with the experience of the procedure, and his outcome a couple of months later. (Well, 10 days with the Foley...not so much, but he understood the need for it) A couple of months later, he said he hardly ever thinks about it. He has scheduled trips to three continents this summer, so he's back to his very active life in retirement.

    I take some satisfaction that my own bad surgical experience allows me to help other guys face prostate procedures with as much information as possible.(I did finally find a doctor who did a successful AUS implant that gave me back some quality of life, after a year of wet diapers and another year of condom catheters.)


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