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Greenlight Laser Therapy

Greenlight Laser Therapy

If you have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate and medications are not working, it may be time to consider another option.

Traditionally, a procedure called a  Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) was performed to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) however GreenLight™ Laser Prostatectomy now offers men effective and safe treatment of BPH with fewer side effects and less time in hospital.

Laser Treatment

This treatment option provides rapid relief of symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In many cases, GreenLight™ Laser Therapy also offers a shorter hospital stay, less catheterization time, less bleeding, and a faster recovery than traditional surgical options.

 

The Procedure

The GreenLight™ laser procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Most patients experience rapid relief of BPH symptoms and improvement in urine flow after the procedure. During your initial consult you will be given the opportunity to ask more about the surgical procedure.

How It Works

During the procedure, your doctor uses a laser to rapidly heat and vaporize the excess prostate tissue, resulting in a larger channel for urine to pass through. Removing the excess tissue rapidly restores natural urine flow in most patients.

Recovery Period

 Every patient’s experience is different, and you should talk to your physician about what to expect. After the procedure, you will usually have a catheter placed in your bladder that is usually removed in 1-3 days. Some patients may go home the same day, others may stay for an overnight visit. However, some patients may require a catheter for a longer time. Patients can usually return to everyday activities within a short time. As with any medical procedure, complications can occur. Side effects include, but are not limited to:

• Blood in the urine

 • Irritation of the bladder, resulting in frequent and/or urgent need to urinate 

• Irritation of the urethra, resulting in frequent urination and/or a burning sensation

 • Retrograde ejaculation (during sexual climax, semen travels backward to the bladder rather than exiting through the penis)

Greenlight Laser Therapy

If you have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate and medications are not working, it may be time to consider another option.

Traditionally, a procedure called a  Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) was performed to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) however GreenLight™ Laser Prostatectomy now offers men effective and safe treatment of BPH with fewer side effects and less time in hospital.

Laser Treatment

This treatment option provides rapid relief of symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In many cases, GreenLight™ Laser Therapy also offers a shorter hospital stay, less catheterization time, less bleeding, and a faster recovery than traditional surgical options.

The Procedure

The GreenLight™ laser procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Most patients experience rapid relief of BPH symptoms and improvement in urine flow after the procedure. During your initial consult you will be given the opportunity to ask more about the surgical procedure.

How It Works

During the procedure, your doctor uses a laser to rapidly heat and vaporize the excess prostate tissue, resulting in a larger channel for urine to pass through. Removing the excess tissue rapidly restores natural urine flow in most patients.

Recovery Period

 Every patient’s experience is different, and you should talk to your physician about what to expect. After the procedure, you will usually have a catheter placed in your bladder that is usually removed in 1-3 days. Some patients may go home the same day, others may stay for an overnight visit. However, some patients may require a catheter for a longer time. Patients can usually return to everyday activities within a short time. As with any medical procedure, complications can occur. Side effects include, but are not limited to:

•Blood in the urine

 •Irritation of the bladder, resulting in frequent and/or urgent need to urinate 

•Irritation of the urethra, resulting in frequent urination and/or a burning sensation

 •Retrograde ejaculation (during sexual climax, semen travels backward to the bladder rather than exiting through the penis)