Greenlight Laser Surgery

GreenLight PVP (Photo-Selective Vaporization of the Prostate) is a new, minimally invasive surgical technique for treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or enlargement of the prostate.

GreenLight PVP utilizes a specially designed laser light source and fiber optic delivery system to immediately vaporize and precisely remove enlarged prostate tissue. The procedure combines the immediate symptom relief and the dramatic flow rate improvements of the current "gold standard" procedure (called TURP or Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate) with minimal side effects, fast operative and recovery times, and usually no need for a catheter after surgery.

No other BPH treatment option has been shown to clinically provide such dramatic and immediate symptom relief while providing significantly improved flow rates, with minimal, if any, side effects.

The PVP procedure is performed in an outpatient setting at Methodist Fremont Health Medical Center. The average operative time is typically less than 1 hour. The GreenLight PVP surgical laser system delivers laser light pulses through a specially designed fiber optic delivery device that is inserted through a standard cystoscope. The light pulses are directed towards the prostate tissue. The laser quickly vaporizes and removes the prostatic obstruction without significant bleeding.

Once the procedure is completed, patients have immediate post-operative symptom relief and dramatic improvements in symptoms, urinary flow rates, and bladder emptying.

Post-operative side effects, if any, have been minimal and transient. Patients usually feel well within several days of the procedure, but full recovery can take several weeks. Some blood in the urine is common during the recovery process. This is harmless and rarely requires treatment. It is common to have decreased fluid with ejaculation after this or any prostate surgery since the prostate is the gland that makes the fluid portion of the ejaculate.

Because the PVP does not cause deep tissue damage and tissue is effectively removed, many patients are sent home without catheter insertion. Others are sent home with catheters that are removed within 24 hours after treatment.