Since January 2008, the West German Prostate Center uses a cutting-edge new laser technique, the so-called LIFE laser therapy with the EvolveTM diode laser system 150,. The LIFE Laser therapy with the EvolveTM diode laser system 150 developed by BIOLITEC is a further development of the Greenlight laser therapy. Because of the high performance, 150 watts, the prostate tissue can be removed quicker and more effectively. Meaning that patients with an already greatly enlarged prostate can enjoy a minimally invasive laser therapy, which in the past was reliant on the classical trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP). The duration of the treatment is altogether shorter and allows for a gentler anesthesia procedure, which puts less strain on the cardiovascular system. Additionally, the Evolve laser can also be used for the widening of the urethral passages and the removal of bladder stones.
In the diode laser procedure, under, an optical fiber inserted through an endoscope is inserted into the urethra. Through the endoscope, the urologist can remove the obstructive tissue layer by layer very precisely, and safely control the process at the computer monitor. This new laser techniques not only allows for a minimally evasive ablation, but also avoids the risk of post-surgical bleeding. On an average, the treatment takes about 40 minutes, and is performed under general or spinal anesthesia. Generally, a catheter is placed only for one night. The diode laser procedure shortens the generally necessary hospital stay from one week to two days. A comprehensive ambulatory care is also possible. Patients are able to return to their normal activities in about one week; however, they should avoid strenuous activities, like lifting, pressing, and carrying.