Himansh Khanna, MD, FACS
Urologist located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
As a top urologist in the Brooklyn, Queens and Greater New York City area, Dr. Khanna has extensive experience in using advanced techniques like laser surgery to treat a wide array of urological problems and conditions, including kidney stones, benign prostatic hyperplasia (non-cancerous prostate enlargement), tumors and skin lesions.
Laser Surgery Q&A
How are lasers used in urology?
For several decades, laser surgery has been used in urology to treat an array of problems, from breaking apart kidney stones so they can be passed or removed from the body to managing benign prostate enlargement to treating tumors, masses and even skin lesions that can develop as a result of sexually-transmitted diseases or skin cancers. Today, one of the most common laser-based procedures is urolithiasis, the use of special lasers to break apart large kidney stones so they can be passed in the urine or extracted via a procedure called endoscopy. “Shrinking” prostate glands that have become enlarged as a result of aging is another common use for lasers. In fact, many procedures that once required “open” incisions can now be treated more conservatively using lasers.
What are the benefits of laser surgery in urology?
Lasers offer a host of benefits in urology as in other areas of medicine where they're used. The primary benefit is that lasers typically require small incisions or no incisions at all, which results in fewer complications like infection, as well as faster recovery. In the treatment of skin lesions, lasers cause far less scarring. Lasers also “seal” tissue during treatment, which causes less bleeding during and after surgery and less inflammation and discomfort during healing and recovery.
How do lasers work in urological procedures?
Lasers emit strong bursts of energy that can be controlled very precisely via on-board computers. The energy can be used to make incisions, break apart kidney stones, shrink tissue and remove tissue through a process called ablation. As the laser removes tissue, the heat of the laser energy seals vessels and helps coagulate or clot blood to prevent bleeding. Because of their precision, they can be safely used for a wide array of medical issues.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most major insurance providers. If you have any questions, please call our office and we will be happy to assist you!
Words from our patients
"Dr. Khanna was really helpful. He was knowledgeable and professional. He also took time to listen and then answer. It was a very helpful second opinion."
"I highly recommend Dr. Khanna since my kidney stone procedure. He's professional, knowledgeable, and approachable."
"I finally found a doctor willing to take the time to explain the problem and treatment. He communicated effectively, was very professional, and considerate."