Researching Focal Laser Ablation (FLA)

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Excuse me if this has been discussed before but I find navigating this site a challenge.

  1. Is there an ideal candidate for FLA treatment?

  2. What questions should one ask of a facility that performs FLA treatment.

  3. For those that have had FLA treatment, in hindsight, what to you wish you had known going into it.


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    Answers to the questions you ask.

    1. I feel that larger volume prostate are the best candidate for FLA. With this, if you have a large median lobe pushing into you bladder, FLA is possible the only way to accurately address this.

    2. I would certainly ask about the conscious sedation they use. That is what I want. I don't want a valium pain pill and an advil. I would also ask about there experience level and how many BPH patients they have had. And most important, I would ask them to give me a few of their BPH patients contacts that I could call on the phone so I could discuss treatment, recovery and results with an actual patient.

    3. That this procedure is very accurate and that the absolute most important factor is the doctor you select to do the procedure. Why? First, because this is as much art and sculpture as it is science. Second, you need a doctor that really cares about his patients and will spend time with them up front to show them their exact situation inside their prostate and how they will address it. You need to see what will be removed and how it will be done without damaging your sexual functions. Some doctors spend 40 minutes total on the procedure, some spend 2.5 hours. That is the guy I want. Someone who has a precise game plan for the procedure and takes his time doing it. A doctor who is most interest in results and success not money. Yes, this type of Intervention Radiologist does exist.

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    Ideal Gleaso

    Gleason 6 or 7. Not a lot of disease This was what I was told when I had the procedure over 4 yrs ago at UTMB Galveston. Ideal procedure, No side effects. In and out in one morning. Downside is you still have a prostate and if you have BPH, it remains and must be treated.

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      Where are you contemplating going for your procedure ? Will it be covered. by insurance? When I had the procedure most all facilities required payment up front because FLA was considered "Experimental" though I have heard that FLA will be covered for BPH. Do you have other questions about my procedure?

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