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 and inpatient 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 as soon as possible depending on the patient's individual health condition. 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:
Important Safety Information
All surgical treatments have inherent and associated risks. The most common risks associated with Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) are: hematuria; short term dysuria; and, urinary tract infections. You should talk with your doctor about benefits and risks before moving forward with any treatment option.