Mike’s Story

Older male patient in a consult with his urologist

Ninety-years-old Mike Guzi Jr. is a retired employee of the Office of Small Business Programs – Department of Defense. An avid traveler in his younger days, Mike spent many wonderful years with his wife – deceased as of last year – traveling around the country in their RV. Nowadays, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, friends and neighbors.

In recent years, Mike began experiencing some bothersome urological issues, including increased urinary frequency, incomplete bladder emptying, weak urinary stream, and even recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs). Mike sought treatment at the UH Urology Institute, where he received care from board-certified urologists Irina Jaeger, MD and Lee Ponsky, MD.

Mike was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate gland, a condition officially known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Quite common as men grow older, the condition often causes uncomfortable urinary symptoms as a result of the blocked flow of urine from the bladder. In addition, when a man with BPH is unable to completely void his bladder, bacteria can grow in the stagnant urine. As a result, the condition can cause UTIs, which happened in Mike’s case, unfortunately.

Mike initially had another procedure that was only partially effective in relieving his BPH symptoms.

Next, Dr. Jaeger recommended that Mike have a GreenLight laser prostatectomy – a laser treatment removes prostate tissue. During this minimally invasive, highly effective procedure, the patient is put under anesthesia, and a telescope containing a laser fiber is inserted into the urethra to the level of the prostate. The doctor uses the laser to rapidly but gently vaporize the excess prostate tissue responsible for limiting the flow of urine.

“Dr. Jaeger has great people skills,” Mike says. “I always felt better whenever I left an appointment at her office. From my pre-op appointments to the procedure itself, everyone involved – including the nurses and the anesthesiologist – was very professional. The entire team made me feel comfortable and confident about the care I was getting.”

Mike had his GreenLight laser treatment at UH Richmond Medical Center in June 2020. “During my follow-up appointment with Dr. Jaeger, tests confirmed that my urinary flow had greatly improved, which I already knew because I felt better immediately after the surgery. At the end of the follow-up, Dr. Jaeger told me she wouldn’t need to see me again for another year, not unless any symptoms came back.”

Nine months after his GreenLight laser treatment, Mike remains free of BPH symptoms. Best of all, Mike hasn’t had a UTI since before the procedure.

“If your doctor recommends it, I’d encourage anyone with BPH to have this procedure,” he says. “And if you can get it done at UH, by all means do so. I can’t speak more highly of the doctors and staff at UH Urology Institute.