Congo-based resident Zele Nsiangana, 50, tried medication to treat the troublesome symptoms of his enlarged prostate, but these drugs ended up causing largely taxing side effects. Surgery ultimately proved to be the answer to his BPH.
BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is the medical term for an enlarged, non-cancerous prostate gland. As the prostate grows, it squeezes the urethra (the tube that carries urine), causing a weak urine flow, dribbling after urination, and the frequent and urgent need to urinate.
“The medications that prevent you from urinating several times a night, left me dehydrated; as a result I would have to drink water all night long, and it became a vicious cycle,” he recalls. "They are also just a quick fix and don’t treat the problem — they just control the symptoms.”
For these reasons, Zele reached out to Vaidam Health to find a suitable solution to his prostate problem. Upon speaking to his case manager and further consultations, Zele’s case was moved to Fortis Escorts Hospital - best hospital in India for Enlarged Prostate Treatment. After thoroughly reviewing his reports he was advised by Senior Urologist - Dr Prashant Sharma, to go in for surgery. Fortunately, there were several different types of surgery to treat BPH. Zele’s doctor advised him on Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) largely because it has a shorter recovery time than other more invasive surgeries, such as traditional open surgery.
It's also the most common option. About 250,000 men in India undergo TURP each year, according to Apollo research foundation. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts an instrument through the tip of the penis into the urethra. Laser energy then cuts tissue and seals blood vessels. There are no incisions with this procedure, and it usually involves just a one- or two-day stay in the hospital.
Zele arrived in New Delhi on the 19th of June, 2018. After a few days of rest at his hotel, he finally made his way to Fortis Escorts on the day of his appointment. “Dr. Prashant thoroughly reviewed my history, learned about my current condition and optimistically predicted that he could help me get better. He said it would take one to two weeks for his surgery to completely heal”, recounts Zele. He goes on to add, “The doctor explained that there would be very little bleeding because the laser cuts and cauterizes at the same time, and this means quicker recovery time”.
The surgery was performed at a Fortis Escorts Hospital. The operation went well. Zele took antibiotics to stave off any infection plus stool softeners to prevent straining. “I was told to take it easy for at least a month”.
Remarkably, much to the surprise of everyone, Zele began to show immediate improvement and within just a few days was able to empty my bladder to normal residual levels without the need for a catheter. “It has now been a month and it feels like my prostate is back to normal, so I can confidently say the surgery was a huge success.
After close to a month’s stay in India, Zele finally made his way back to his home in Congo very satisfied with the way things had gone in India. “I will continue my medication for one more month to make absolutely sure I have completely recovered, but in the meantime, my experience certainly attests to the quality of healthcare in India.”
Vaidam would like to wish Zele a speedy recovery and a healthy and happy future ahead.