Greenlight Therapy for BPH
GreenLight™ Laser Therapy is a procedure performed
with a small fiber that is inserted into the urethra
through a cystoscope. The fiber delivers high powered
laser energy which quickly heats up the prostate tissue,
causing the tissue to vaporize. This process is
continued until all of the enlarged prostate tissue
has been removed. Natural urine flow is rapidly
GreenLight Laser Therapy combines the effectiveness of the “gold standard” transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) surgical procedure with fewer side effects. The result is a wide open channel for urine flow to pass through, but with fewer risks of side effects, including erectile dysfunction and bleeding, common with TURP.
GreenLight Laser Therapy can be performed in a hospital outpatient center, surgical center, or specially equipped physician’s office. Typically no overnight stay is needed. However, in some cases when a patient travels a long distance, has other medical conditions to consider, or is in frail condition an overnight stay may be recommended.
What to Expect DURING Your GreenLight™ Laser Therapy Treatment
First, the physician will perform an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for this therapy. Then, on the day of your procedure, you will come to the treatment center. You should have someone drive you home since this an outpatient procedure.
Each patient is different, therefore treatment procedures may vary. Below is a general description of the procedure and what to expect:
What to Expect AFTER Your GreenLight™ Laser Therapy Treatment
Since this is an outpatient procedure, you will typically go home within a few hours after treatment. You should have someone drive you home after the procedure.
If a catheter was placed in your bladder at the end of the procedure, it will typically be removed within 24 hours. However, patients with compromised bladder function or those who have required prolonged catheterization as a result of severe urinary symptoms may require a catheter for a longer period of time.
Most patients experience very rapid relief of symptoms
and a dramatic improvement in urine flow. This
typically occurs within 24 hours of the procedure.
However, medical history, health condition and other
factors can influence treatment recovery.
This will resolve over time as your bladder adjusts now that the obstruction in your urethra has been removed.
What are the ADVANTAGES of a GreenLight Laser Therapy Treatment?