Dr. Jeffrey Rosenblum now offers
Laser Therapy for patients diagnosed with
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Laser vaporization of the prostate
(utilizing GreenLight™ Laser Therapy) is a
technique that uses a special laser to heat
and vaporize the prostate tissue that is
obstructing part of the urethra. In
studies comparing the laser technique with
the more traditional surgical procedure
called Transurethral Resection of the
Prostate (TURP), GreenLight Laser Therapy
improves BPH symptoms and quality of life as
effectively, but with fewer side effects.
Most men are good candidates for laser
vaporization therapy, which is an outpatient
procedure performed under anesthesia. In this
procedure, a small fiber is inserted into
the urethra through a cystoscope. Laser
energy is delivered through the fiber to
remove the enlarged prostate tissue,
restoring natural urine flow and relieving
symptoms of BPH quickly.
The informational video below shows how 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. Natural urine flow
is rapidly restored and urinary symptoms are
quickly relieved in most patients.
Do I have to stay in the
hospital after a GreenLight procedure?
GreenLight is generally an out-patient
procedure. Typically, no overnight stay in
the hospital is required, but it will depend
on your individual condition.
Will I experience discomfort during
procedure is performed with anesthesia.
will discuss pain medication to ensure your
comfort after the procedure.
Will I experience discomfort
after the procedure?
Some patients experience mild discomfort such as
slight burning during urination for a week
or so. This can be managed with mild pain
and anti-inflammatory medication.
What are the risks and complications
of GreenLight Laser Therapy?
All surgical treatments have inherent
and associated risks. The most common risks
associated with GreenLight and
Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate
(PVP) are: hematuria; short term dysuria;
and, urinary tract infections. You should
talk with your doctor about benefits and
risks before moving forward with any
How long will it
be before I notice results?
Most patients experience very rapid relief
of symptoms and a dramatic improvement in
urine flow. This typically occurs within 24
hours of the procedure. However, medical
history, your health condition, and other
factors can influence treatment and
How soon can I
return to work or normal activity?
Most patients can resume normal
activities within a couple of days.
Typically, strenuous activity can be resumed
within 2 weeks. Your urologist will discuss
this and your specific condition during your
Will there be
any sexual side effects?
should be able to have your normal sexual
experiences, including the same sensation of
an orgasm, after the procedure. Some men may
experience retrograde ejaculation,¯ or dry
climax.¯ This does not affect erection or
orgasm. If you are sexually active, you can
look forward to remaining so.
How long do the results last?
Clinical studies are currently out to 5
years for GreenLight Laser Therapy. Studies
are ongoing to determine patient outcomes
beyond 5 years. Dr. Rosenblum has been
performing the procedure for more than a
GreenLight different than TURP (i.e.,
surgery: transurethral resection of the
surgery, or TURP, had been the traditional
form of treatment. It uses an electrical
instrument to surgically cut and remove
excess prostate tissue. Through the years,
it has been considered the most effective at
relieving symptoms and restoring urine flow.
TURP is performed in a hospital and requires
It also requires
a hospital stay of 1 to 3 days, and a
catheter. Side effects may include
impotence, incontinence and bleeding. A 4 to
6 week recovery period is typical in most
men following surgery. GreenLight generally
requires no hospital stay. It combines the effectiveness of
surgery with a low risk of side effects and
recovery time is significantly less than
surgery, or TURP.
GreenLight Laser Therapy covered by
Medicare and most
private insurers cover the GreenLight Laser
has GreenLight Laser Therapy been around?
GreenLight Laser Therapy has been
marketed since May 2001. Over 500,000
patients have been treated worldwide with
How do I know if
I am a candidate for GreenLight Laser
Only your doctor
can determine if you are a candidate for
GreenLight Laser Therapy. GreenLight is
generally appropriate for most symptomatic
BPH patients. You and your doctor will
assess your symptoms and desired outcomes
together and determine the best course of
How do I know if I
should have a GreenLight Laser Therapy
You and your
doctor will assess your symptoms and desired
outcomes together before choosing the best
course of treatment for you.