GreenLight™ Laser Therapy
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.1-5
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.
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. Your doctor can tell you more about the surgical procedure.
Every patient’s experience is different, and you should talk to your physician about what to expect. Patients typically go home within a few hours after the procedure. If a urinary catheter was placed in the bladder at the end of the procedure, it will typically be removed within 24 hours. 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)