GreenLight Laser Prostatectomy

A GreenLight laser prostatectomy is a procedure for the treatment of urinary blockage caused by non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

A GreenLight prostatectomy offers men a more effective, safer alternative to traditional treatments like transurethral resection of the prostate, with a quicker recovery time and fewer side effects.

What technology is used in GreenLight laser surgery?

GreenLight prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. During the procedure, a thin flexible wire and telescopic camera, known as a cystoscope, is inserted into the penis through the urethra and into the prostate. The surgeon will then use laser pulses to instantly remove the enlarged prostatic tissue until all of the obstructing material is removed.

At the end of the procedure, a soft plastic urinary catheter is placed inside the urethra to drain urine from the bladder.

What is the desired outcome of a GreenLight prostatectomy?

GreenLight laser surgery is a safe and non-intrusive medical procedure with a quick recovery time and short period of catheterisation (fewer than 24 hours in most cases).

Following the surgery, most patients will see an improvement in difficulties with urination. The procedure involves no blood loss and its effects are proven to be long-lasting, with low risk of erectile dysfunction.

Many research studies demonstrate strong patient outcomes after the GreenLight laser prostatectomy, including:

  • 98% of patients report improved quality of life
  • 70% of patients report an improvement in urine flow
  • 84% of patients report a reduction in the amount of urine retained in the bladder after voiding
  • 88% patients report a reduction in symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate (such as a weak or slow urinary stream, incomplete bladder emptying, and frequent or urgent urination)


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