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What is Laser Therapy With Greenlight™?
GreenLight Laser Therapy is a same-day procedure that uses a high-energy laser to remove your excess prostate tissue and return urine flow. It offers a number of advantages when compared to traditional surgeries.
GreenLight Laser Therapy is an outpatient procedure that uses laser technology to remove your overgrown prostate tissue. This rapidly restores natural urine flow, often within 24 hours of the procedure. However, medical history, your health condition and other factors can influence treatment and recovery.
According to treatmybph.com, GreenLight Laser Therapy is an option even if you’re on anticoagulants or blood thinners, or if you have an implanted pacemaker, defibrillator or neurostimulator.
How Does Greenlight Laser Therapy Work?
A small fiber is inserted into the urethra through a cystoscope. The fiber carries laser energy that 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.
Do I Have to Stay in the Hospital After a Greenlight Procedure?
GreenLight Laser Therapy is generally an outpatient procedure. Typically, no overnight stay in the hospital is required, but it will depend on your individual condition.
What are the Benefits of Having Your Doctor Use Greenlight Therapy to Treat Your BPH?
When compared with traditional surgery, GreenLight Laser Therapy provides several advantages:
Shorter hospital stay
Shorter catheterization time
What are the Risks of Greenlight Laser Therapy?
All surgical treatments have inherent and associated risks. The GreenLight Laser System is intended for removal of soft tissue, including vaporization of the prostate for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Potential risks include irritative symptoms, bleeding, retrograde ejaculation and urinary tract infection.
How Long Does it Take Until Symptoms are Relieved?
Most patients experience relief of symptoms and improvement in urine flow within 24 hours of the procedure. However, medical history, your health conditions and other factors can influence treatment and recovery.
How Soon Can I Return to Work or Normal Activity?
Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of days. Strenuous activities can be resumed within a short time. Your doctor will discuss any restrictions and your specific condition during your visit following your procedure.
Does the Greenlight Procedure Affect Sexual Function?
In a recent study, 86% of patients reported improved or unchanged sexual satisfaction; 14% worsened. Similar outcomes were seen for erectile function.
Is Greenlight Laser Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Medicare and most private insurers cover the GreenLight Laser Therapy procedure. It is the responsibility of the patient to contact his insurance provider for specific coverage information.
Is Greenlight Right For You?
The best way to find out is by talking with your doctor/urologist to determine if GreenLight Laser Therapy is a good treatment for you based on your symptoms and treatment goals.
Watch: Greenlight Laser Therapy Patient Education Video
Our content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.