Cutting edge treatment for prostate cancer available in North West

Posted on 20 July 2019

Dr Albie Botha, a urologist based at Mediclinic Potchefstroom, is using this technology to improve the outcomes for his patients. Having learnt under Dr Gawie Bruwer, a urologist and specialist in prostate laser treatment at Mediclinic Durbanville, Dr Botha is now able to offer these benefits to his patients.

Thabo Kekana (AHG Health Services); Dr Albie Botha (Urologist); Rayno Crouse (HGM Mediclinic Potchefstroom); Bradley Noah (AHG Health Services).

The list is long – and includes less blood loss, quick recovery times post surgery, shortened hospital stay and less postoperative care needed. But the biggest advantage for patients is the precision of the surgery. When one is dealing with the fine nerves around the prostate precision is essential.

In terms of quality of life, this technique also offers additional benefits such as fewer symptoms of irritation and stress urinary incontinence after surgery and a preservation of ejaculatory function in the majority of patients.

“For me, my patients are the walking testimony to the advantages of the surgery – 80% of patient will be able to go home the next morning!” explains Dr Botha, in contrast to traditional surgery that requires a 3 – 4 day stay in hospital. “I am delighted that this technology is now available at Mediclinic Potchefstroom. Traditionally the more outlying areas such as Potchefstroom or Klerksdorp do not always have access to the latest advances in treatment, but through my training, I am now able to do just that.”

As an alternative to either the traditional TURP of the prostate or open prostate surgery, this new technology is an answer for many men suffering from prostate issues such as enlargement. “We can restore a quality of life for these patients. Sometimes as a doctor, it is about more than the surgery, it is about the outcome for a patient. This is my passion within my practice,” says Dr Botha.

By using the Revolix laser, a transurethral laser enucleation of the prostate removes tissue that is blocking urine flow through the prostate. A separate instrument is used to cut the prostate tissue into fragments which are ground up inside the bladder for easy extraction. As the entry point is through the urethra, the surgery is performed without incisions.

Dr Botha strongly believes that the outcomes are adding greater value for his patients. “Large prostates otherwise requiring open surgery (with marked morbidity) can be performed using the laser, patients return home sooner and do not require a stay in intensive care.”

If patients are recovering quicker, returning to work sooner and enjoying their previous quality of life, the introduction of the Revolix within the North West community is definitely a positive thing!

For more information please visit Mediclinic Potchefstroom’s website here .

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