How It Works
During the procedure, your doctor uses a laser to rapidly heat and vaporize the excess prostate tissue, resulting in a larger channel for urine to pass through. Removing the excess tissue rapidly restores natural urine flow in most patients.
The GreenLight laser procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Most patients experience rapid relief of BPH symptoms and improvement in urine flow after the procedure. Your doctor can tell you more about the surgical procedure.
Side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Blood in the urine
- Irritation of the bladder, resulting in frequent and/or urgent need to urinate
- Irritation of the urethra, resulting in frequent urination and/or a burning sensation
- Retrograde ejaculation (during sexual climax, semen travels backward to the bladder rather than exiting through the penis)