February 22, 2017

HOUSTON, TX February 16, 2017 – West Houston Medical Center announced today it is now the first hospital in Houston to offer laser prostate surgery with the Lumenis® Pulse™ 120H laser.

Holmium laser prostate surgery is a minimally invasive treatment for an enlarged prostate. Also known as holmium laser micro enucleation of the prostate (HoLMEP), the procedure uses a laser to remove tissue blocking urine flow through the prostate.

HoLMEP is similar to open prostate surgery however requires no incisions. It can be an option for men with a severely enlarged prostate.

HoLMEP removes the entire portion of the prostate, which can block urine flow. The treatment provides a lasting solution for men with an enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) a condition more commonly known as an enlarged prostrate. HoLMEP also preserves removed tissue for evaluation in the laboratory for other conditions, including prostate cancer.

 “We are excited to be offering advanced procedures with this laser,” urologist, Dr. Steven Maislos said, “The Holmium laser micro enucleation allows us to precisely remove obstructing prostate tissue.” 

These procedures are minimally invasive and do not require incisions. As a result, they offer a number of benefits: fewer long-term side effects, less severe side effects, minimal bleeding, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery times. In addition, the procedure provides relief right away and shown durable results in clinical trials.

“As leaders in the medical community, West Houston Medical Center is focused finding best-in-class and minimally invasive technologies for our patients,Philip Morris, COO of West Houston Medical Center said, “This technology represents a milestone for our facility, and we will continue to make such investments in order to enhance the advanced care we provide.”

About West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center is a full-service hospital serving the West Houston community for over 30 years. This Joint Commission accredited facility provides a range of care including: emergency services; neurosurgery services; inpatient and outpatient surgery, rehabilitation and diagnostic services; bariatric/weight loss surgery; senior care; wound care; sleep disorder services; cardiovascular care, women’s services, and more. WHMC is a Certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, and a recipient of the TMF Quality Improvement Award. Under an affiliation agreement with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, WHMC brings to its community The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston. The facility is also home to The Heart Hospital at West Houston, a three-story cardiac and critical care tower. In Sugar Land, the Sugar Land Cancer Center and the Sugar Land Diagnostic Center are located on the Southwest Freeway at the Williams Trace and Sugar Lakes exit. The diagnostic center and cancer center are departments of West Houston Medical Center. Visit our website at www.westhoustonmedical.com.

About HCA Gulf Coast

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.