Photoselective vaporization of the prostate is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to clear excess prostate tissue associated with an enlarged prostate – also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH. By clearing excess tissue, this procedure restores urine flow, and provides welcome relief from BPH symptoms.
GreenLight Laser Therapy is a form of photoselective vaporization of the prostate that is performed at a hospital or surgical center while the patient is under general anesthesia. While there are several treatment options for an enlarged prostate, the benefits of this therapy include:
- Short hospital stay – most often this is an outpatient procedure.
- Minimal catheterization time.
- Minimal bleeding.
- Faster recovery compared to traditional surgical options.
How photoselective vaporization of the prostate works
During a GreenLight procedure, the surgeon uses a laser to heat and vaporize excess prostate tissue. This vaporization creates a channel that restores the natural flow of urine, and helps eliminate bothersome urinary symptoms associated with BPH.
Recovery after vaporization therapy
Vaporization is an outpatient procedure, that allows patients to leave the hospital / surgical center within a few hours after recovery. After the procedure, a urinary catheter will be placed in the bladder to drain urine. This is generally removed after 24 hours. However, some patients may require a catheter for a longer period of time. In general, patients are able to return to normal activities within a short time – as directed by their physician.
Photoselective vaporization of the prostate risks
As with any medical procedure, complications can occur. Side effects for vaporization may include:
- Blood in the urine (hematuria).
- Bladder irritation.
- Irritation of the urethra.
- Frequent urination.
- Burning sensation during urination.
- Retrograde ejaculation
If you have an enlarged prostate and would like to learn about the benefits of photoselective vaporization of the prostate, contact Urology Austin to schedule an appointment.