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.

Peter Campbell Greenlight Laser, Brisbane Qld


Greenlight Laser Prostatectomy offers a less invasive alternative to the conventional TURP procedure, with significant advantages.

ParametersGreenlight Laser ProstatectomyTURP
Hospital stayOvernight2-3 nights
Anticoagulant therapy Can be continuedMust be stopped prior to surgery
BleedingNone to minimalUp to 48 hours
PacemakerNot affectedSwitched off in procedure
Catheter removal (post-surgery, if required)Within 12 hours2-4 days
Bladder washoutsNot needed Continues for 12–24 hours
Restoration of normal lifestyleReturn to work in several daysMay need 2–3 weeks off work

More information

If you would like to book an appointment to discuss your options, make sure you have a referral from your GP or specialist and use our online appointment form or phone us on (07) 3367 1608.