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What is green light laser therapy?

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GreenLight laser therapy is a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia. The procedure uses a fiber that rapidly heats up, causing excess prostatic tissue to vaporize and restoring normal urine flow.

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a condition that causes urinary symptoms in men, such as the frequent need to urinate, inability to empty the bladder, trouble starting urination and frequent urinary tract infections. These are caused by an enlarged prostate blocking normal urine flow.

GreenLight laser therapy treats benign prostatic hyperplasia by removing the excess prostate tissue that is blocking urine flow. After the patient is put to sleep, a fiber is placed into the urethra and passed to the prostate where it is quickly heated, vaporizing the extra prostate tissue. This procedure usually results in a very quick resolution of all urinary symptoms in most patients.

GreenLight laser therapy provides many benefits over the more traditional therapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia. There is a much quicker recovery time with laser therapy; most procedures are done on an outpatient basis and the patient goes home a few hours after surgery. There is a much lower risk for bleeding. Results are almost immediate, versus waiting several months for results with medications. The risk of complications, such as erectile dysfunction or bladder injury, are also lower. GreenLight laser therapy also has the additional benefit of not needing a catheter after surgery or only needing it for less than 24 hours.

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