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Greenlight LASER Prostate Surgery

Greenlight prostate surgery, also known as GreenLight Laser Therapy or Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP), is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a common condition in aging men where the prostate gland enlarges, leading to urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty starting or stopping urination, and a weak urine stream.

Here's how Greenlight prostate surgery works:

1. Laser Technology:

Greenlight surgery uses a special laser, typically a high-powered potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser, to precisely target and vaporize excess prostate tissue.

2. Fiber Optic Delivery:

The laser energy is delivered through a thin, flexible fiber optic scope called a cystoscope. This scope is inserted into the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder) and guided to the prostate.

3. Vaporization of Prostate Tissue:

Once in position, the laser emits energy that is absorbed by the prostate tissue. This energy vaporizes or removes the obstructive prostate tissue that is causing urinary symptoms.

4. Immediate Relief:

Greenlight surgery provides relatively quick relief from BPH symptoms. As the obstructive tissue is vaporized, the urinary flow is improved, and the symptoms usually diminish.


Key advantages of Greenlight prostate surgery include:

Minimally Invasive: It is a minimally invasive procedure, which means there are small incisions or sometimes no incisions at all. This leads to less pain and a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgery.

Reduced Risk of Complications: Greenlight surgery typically has a lower risk of complications compared to some other BPH treatments.

Short Hospital Stay: Many patients can go home the same day or after a short hospital stay.

Preserves Sexual Function: It tends to have a lower risk of sexual side effects compared to certain other BPH treatments.

However, like any medical procedure, Greenlight prostate surgery is not without potential risks and side effects. These can include temporary urinary issues, such as urgency and frequency, as well as rare complications like bleeding or infection.

The choice of treatment for BPH, including Greenlight surgery, should be made in consultation with a urologist or other healthcare provider, taking into account the patient's specific condition, preferences, and overall health.

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