By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 25, 2019
Laser Therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment for enlarged prostate (BPH). Using laser energy to vaporize and remove excess prostate tissue relieves pressure on the urethra. By removing the obstructive tissue, the channel for urine to pass through is opened up, relieving symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
How does laser therapy for an enlarged prostate work?
During GreenLight Laser Therapy, a tiny camera is placed in the urethra so that your urologist can see precisely where the excess prostate tissue is located. The camera contains a thin, flexible laser fiber, which then targets excess tissue, and utilizes laser energy to vaporize the tissue that is blocking the flow of urine, by pressing on the urethra.
GreenLight Laser Therapy provides the benefits of an older, surgical treatment for enlarged prostate known as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). However, it provides fewer side effects, and a faster, less painful recovery.
GreenLight Laser Therapy is performed as an outpatient procedure in nearly all cases. Most men will be able to return home within several hours.
Is GreenLight Laser Therapy for BPH right for me?
The majority of men may be candidates for GreenLight Laser Therapy. This non-surgical procedure is less risky than surgery and poses less risk of side effects. However, your unique medical history, overall health condition, and other factors will all be assessed to determine if GreenLight Laser Therapy is the best treatment for your BPH.
Benefits of Laser Therapy for Enlarged Prostate
GreenLight Laser Therapy offers many benefits that traditional surgery does not provide. Some of the benefits of this non-surgical treatment for BPH include:
- Able to return to most normal activities within 2-3 days
- Eliminate the need for daily prostate medications
- Long-lasting relief from symptoms of BPH
- Minimal bleeding
- Outpatient procedure
- Quick relief from bothersome urinary symptoms
- Reduced risk of infection
- Return to vigorous activities within 4-6 weeks
- Same-day discharge from medical facility
Risks of Laser Therapy for BPH
All medical procedures have some risks involved. However, risks associated with GreenLight Laser Therapy are minimal and uncommon. Possible risks or side effects include blood in the urine (hematuria), urinary tract infection (UTI), or pain during urination (short-term dysuria).
Non-surgical, laser treatment for BPH in SoCal
Board-Certified Urologist Dr. Gary Bellman provides GreenLight Laser therapy to men dealing with uncomfortable, disruptive symptoms of BPH. As the founder of the Southern California Urology Institute in West Hills, CA, Dr. Bellman is a recognized expert in outpatient, minimally invasive treatments for enlarged prostate.
To schedule an appointment at the Southern California Urology Institute, call 818-912-1899.