By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 25, 2019
GreenLight™ Laser Therapy for BPH - Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
As many men age, unfortunately the size of their prostate increases which we call BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy). For many men this leads to going to the restroom too often during the day and especially at night, not emptying their bladder well or having to strain to urinate.
GreenLight™ Laser Therapy uses a laser to remove prostate tissue. The laser treatment is delivered through a thin,
flexible fiber, which is inserted into the urethra through an instrument called a cystoscope.
The fiber carries laser energy which quickly removes prostate tissue. The tissue removal will allow urine to pass through freely. Natural urine flow is rapidly restored and urinary symptoms are quickly relieved in most patients.
GreenLight is generally an out-patient procedure. Typically, no overnight stay in the hospital is required.
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.
Benefits of GreenLight™ Laser:
• Minimal bleeding
• Discharge on the same day
• Resume normal activities in 2 to 3 days with caution
• Return to vigorous activity level in 4 to 6 weeks
• Long-term success in improved urine flow
• Fewer symptoms of urinary obstruction