Boston Scientific GreenLight™ Laser Therapy
At a Glance
- Uses a laser to rapidly heat and vaporized the tissue blocking your prostate
- Natural urine flow is rapidly restored in most patients
- Typically, the procedure is performed as a same-day surgery
- Alternative to BPH medications and their potential side effects or ineffectiveness over time
A small fiber is inserted into the urethra through a cystoscope. The fiber carries laser energy which quickly removes prostate tissue. The tissue removal will allow urine to pass through freely.
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How it Works
Before treatment begins, you may be asked to empty your bladder. You will then be brought into the procedure room and moved to the treatment bed where you will lie on your back. Your doctor may give you medication to help you relax. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. This means that you will be asleep during the procedure. A different type of anesthesia may be used, depending on the treatment center.
Once the anesthesia takes effect, your doctor will insert a small scope into your urethra. The scope allows your doctor to see the inner surfaces of the urethra, prostate, and bladder. After the scope is in place, your doctor will advance the laser device through the scope to the location of the enlarged prostate tissue.
Your doctor will then vaporize the prostate tissue that is obstructing urine flow. Dead tissue that is not immediately vaporized will be passed naturally in your urine during the first few days after your surgery.
A temporary urinary catheter may be placed at the end of the procedure to let urine drain from your bladder.
Who is it for?
Men experiencing the troubling urinary symptoms of BPH or the side effects or ineffectiveness of BPH medications over time.
GreenLight Laser Therapy is an outpatient procedure that uses laser technology to remove your overgrown prostate tissue and rapidly restore natural urine flow, often within 24 hours of the procedure. However, medical history, your health condition and other factors can influence treatment and recovery.
GreenLight Laser Side Effects
- Hematuria – Blood in the urine
- Irritation of the bladder – Results in frequent and/or urgent need to urinate
- Irritation of the urethra – Frequent urination, burning sensation
- Retrograde ejaculation – Semen during sexual climax travels backward to the bladder rather than exiting through the penis
Good to Know
GreenLight Laser Therapy is covered by Medicare and most private insurance. It’s still a good idea to discuss any deductibles or out-of-pocket costs with your doctor’s office upfront. There is no guarantee of insurance coverage for any procedure or product. It is the responsibility of the patient to contact their insurance provider for specific coverage information.
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