All you Need to Know about the Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy Treatment


The process involves a vaporisation method for the prostate. This indicates that a surgeon does not require removing prostate tissue fragments. Haemoglobin in blood will absorb Greenlight laser.

This laser treatment has been promoted since May 2001. Until now, more than 500,000 patients have been treated all over the world with GreenLight. It is delivered using a very thin flexible fiber inserted into the urethra using a cystoscope, a specialized instrument. Usually an outpatient procedure, the patient does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. However, this will also depend on the patient’s condition.

Anesthesia and pain medication are given to the patient prior to the procedure to ensure comfort both during and after the procedure. Mild discomfort such as slight burning sensation during urination for 7 days may be experienced after the procedure which can be managed with medications targeted for mild pain and anti-inflammatory effects.

The Risks

Just as all other surgical treatments, this treatment method too comes with inherent risks. The most common risks include:

– Hematuria

– Urinary tract infections

– Short term dysuria

It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of the treatment with the doctor prior to moving forward.


Most patients will experience quick relief from symptoms and a significant improvement in flow of urine. It takes only 24 hours to show results. However, many factors, including medical history, patient’s health condition, etc. will influence recovery and treatment.

Normal Routine

Most patients are capable of resuming normal activities just within a couple of days. For strenuous activity, patients will have to wait for two weeks. These things will be discussed when the patient meets urologist.

The Right Candidate

This is determined by a qualified doctor. Usually, Greenlight laser prostatectomy treatment is appropriate for most indicative BPH patients. Detailed assessment will be made by the doctor to know if the patient is the right candidate.

The Benefits

– Post-op catheter is required by only 30 per cent of patients

– Minimal bleeding

– Patients are discharge on the same day

– Patients can resume normal activities within 2 to 3 days while following guidelines of doctor

– Patients can return to vigorous activity level in just 4 to 6 weeks

– The complications (if they occur), are quite uncommon and mild

– There are very few chances of patients developing retrograde ejaculation

– Very few symptoms of urinary obstruction

– PVP will not develop post-operative impotence

– Erectile Dysfunction is not usual in PVP patients

– Improved urine flow

TURP vs. Green Light Laser Treatment for Prostate Cancer

TURP is enlarged prostate surgery, which uses an electrical instrument for cutting and removing excess prostate tissue. Experts have considered the treatment as very effective at relieving symptoms and reinstating flow of urine. TURP demands general anesthesia and requires a hospital stay of 1 to 3 days, and a catheter.

Recovery after Laser PVP

Patients will be observed in a recovery area after the procedure. They are discharged within some hours. The catheter is removed within two days after treatment.

Sex after the Treatment

It is advised to avoid sexual activity for around 2-3 weeks of the treatment. One must focus on taking things slow and speak to doctor for any confusion.

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