indications for treatment of bph
Urinary flow problems include —
- Decreased urinary flow
- Interrupted urinary flow
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- Waiting for urinary flow to start
- Increased waking at night to urinate
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy, however, most men who would have been treated with TURP can now be treated using Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy instead.
Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy is performed under anaesthesia. The procedure involves the insertion of a cystoscope (or telescope) through the urethra into the bladder to allow proper examination of the bladder and prostate. Then a laser fibre is passed through the telescope to the level of the prostate. Energy from the greenlight laser vaporises the prostate and seals any blood vessels that may start to bleed.
There is no deep burning to any underlying tissue, and no evidence of nerve damage.Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy is an “almost bloodless” treatment.
Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy offers a less invasive alternative to the conventional TURP procedure, with significant advantages.
|Parameters||Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy||TURP|
|Hospital stay||Overnight||2-3 nights|
|Anticoagulant therapy||Can be continued||Must be stopped prior to surgery|
|Bleeding||None to minimal||Up to 48 hours|
|Pacemaker||Not affected||Switched off in procedure|
|Catheter removal (post-surgery, if required)||Within 12 hours||2-4 days|
|Bladder washouts||Not needed||Continues for 12–24 hours|
|Restoration of normal lifestyle||Return to work in several days||May need 2–3 weeks off work|