Minimally Invasive Alternative for BPH Treatment
Prostate enlargement is one of the leading causes of frequent urination in men as they age. Green Light Laser therapy is a minimally invasive outpatient surgical option for BPH that is performed using a video camera placed in the urethra without the need for a surgical incision. Green Light Laser surgery combines the effectiveness of the traditional surgical procedure known as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), but with fewer side effects, shorter catheterization and a quicker, less painful recovery.
“Green light laser surgery minimizes bleeding while removing prostate tissue because there is no cutting of the tissue,” explains Dr. Marc Feder. “The laser energy is used to vaporize the prostate tissue that is obstructing urine flow thereby resulting in an open and unobstructed channel for urine to flow through.”
Questions & Answers About GreenLight Surgery:
Do I have to stay in the hospital after a GreenLight procedure?
GreenLight is generally an outpatient procedure. Typically, no overnight stay in the hospital is required, but it will depend on your individual condition.
Will I experience discomfort during the procedure?
Your doctor will discuss anesthesia requirements, as well as pain medication to ensure your comfort during and after the procedure.
Will I experience discomfort after the procedure?
Most patients experience mild discomfort such as slight burning during urination for a week or so. This can be managed with mild pain and anti-inflammatory medication.
What are the risks and complications of GreenLight Laser Therapy?
All surgical treatments have inherent and associated risks. The most common risks associated with GreenLight therapy are: hematuria; short-term dysuria; and, urinary tract infections.
How long will it be before I notice results?
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, your health condition, and other factors can influence treatment and recovery.
How soon can I return to work or normal activity?
Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of days. Typically, strenuous activity can be resumed within 2 weeks.
Will there be any sexual side effects?
You should be able to have normal sexual experiences, including the same sensation of an orgasm, after the procedure. Some men may experience retrograde ejaculation, or dry climax. This does not affect erection or orgasm. If you are sexually active, you can look forward to remaining so.
For more information about GreenLight Surgery, contact UCA GU Surgeons at 732-390-8700.