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Greenlight PVP

Before the PVP laser procedure using the GreenLight laser system, patients were forced to choose between an effective, yet invasive, surgical treatment and heat therapies that were safer, but less effective.

PVP (Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate) offers a unique and simple solution to BPH because it combines the effectiveness of TURP, the surgical “gold” standard, with the safety, comfort and ease of a therapeutic alternative.

The GreenLight laser system uses a very high powered "green laser" which immediately vaporizes and precisely removes enlarged prostate tissue.

Most patients return home a few short hours after the PVP procedure and can return to normal, non-strenuous activities within days.

What is Greenlight

GreenLight Laser Therapy Creates A New Standard Of Care

The GreenLight™ Laser Therapy is a treatment that combines the effectiveness of the traditional surgical procedure, known as Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP), with fewer side effects. 1

GreenLight is suitable for most patients with an enlarged prostate. With over 200,000 procedures performed worldwide, the GreenLight procedure is creating a new standard of care - a standard that offers freedom from enlarged prostate symptoms.

Most patients return home a few short hours after the PVP procedure and can return to normal, non-strenuous activities within days. 3,4,11 The GreenLight laser system delivers the ultimate BPH solution - free from urinary symptoms, free from compromise, free to go!

The GreenLight™ Solution:

  • Rapid urine flow improvement 5
  • Quick return to normal activities 3
  • Virtually bloodless procedure 4, 10
  • Less than 1% reported cases of erectile dysfunction 8
  • Short to sometimes no catheterization 4, 10
    (less than 24 hours in most cases)
  • Outpatient procedure in otherwise healthy patients3
  • Long-lasting symptom relief 4
  • Over 200,000 procedures worldwide

As with any medical procedure individual results will vary. The statements on this website are based on typical clinical study outcomes. Please consult your urologist for more detailed information and risks.

Why Jacksonville Prostate Center?

The GreenLight laser is a revolutionary treatment for BPH. Many physicians are now offering GreenLight therapy to their patients. However, it is clear that all GreenLight operations are not the same. Many studies are now showing that low volume GreenLight centers have a higher complication rate with regards to bleeding, incontinence and reoperation. In addition, if enough tissue is not removed, recurrent symptoms can develop in a short period of time. At McIver, you can be assured that you are in excellent hands.

Is Greenlight for Me?

Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Treatment Options

When symptoms begin to interfere with your lifestyle, it's time to consider treatment choices. Understanding your options will help you make the right choice for your desired outcome and lifestyle needs. Discuss this information with your urologist.

GreenLight is suitable for most patients with an enlarged prostate. With over 200,000 procedures performed worldwide, the GreenLight procedure is creating a new standard of care - a standard that offers freedom from enlarged prostate symptoms.

Creating A New Standard of Care

The GreenLight™ Laser Therapy is a procedure that combines the effectiveness of the traditional surgical procedure known as "Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate" (TURP) with fewer side effects.1

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GreenLight uses laser energy to remove enlarged prostate tissue. This results in an open channel for urine flow through, but with less risks of sexual and other side-effects common with TURP.1,2

Most patients return home a few short hours after the PVP procedure and can return to normal, non-strenuous activities within days.3,4,11 The GreenLight laser system delivers the ultimate BPH solution - free from urinary symptoms, free from compromise, free to go!

Choosing the Right Treatment

Use the guide below to help you determine the treatment that best suits your needs. Discuss the expected outcomes and risks for each treatment with your doctor.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About GreenLight Laser Therapy

How many GreenLight procedures have been performed?

Over 200,000 procedures have been performed worldwide with the GreenLight laser system.

Is the procedure covered by insurance?

Medicare and most private insurance plans cover the procedure.

How does the GreenLight Laser Therapy procedure work?

A small fiber is inserted into the urethra through a cystoscope. The fiber carries laser energy which removes enlarged prostate tissue. Natural urine flow is rapidly restored and urinary symptoms are quickly relieved in most patients.

Where is the procedure performed?

The procedure can be performed in a hospital outpatient center or an office-based surgical facility. Typically no overnight stay is needed. However, in some cases when a patient travels a long distance, has other medical conditions to consider or is in frail condition, an overnight stay may be recommended.

Will I have to spend the night in the hospital?

Most patients can go home a few hours after the procedure. Sometime the doctor feels more comfortable asking a patient to spend the night and go home the following morning, particularly if your procedure was done late in the day, or if you traveled a long distance to reach the hospital.

During and After GreenLight

Will I have discomfort during the procedure?

Your doctor will discuss anesthesia requirements, as well as pain medication to ensure your comfort during and after the procedure.

Will I need to wear a catheter?

Many patients do not require a catheter following the procedure. If one is required, it is typically removed in less than 24 hours. However, patients with compromised bladder function or those who have required prolonged catheterization as a result of severe urinary symptoms may require a catheter for a longer period of time.

Will I have discomfort after the procedure?

Most 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 medications.

How long before I see results?

Many patients obtain symptom relief and a dramatic improvement in urine flow usually within 24 hours of the procedure.5,10

How soon can I return to normal activities?

Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of days.3,11 Strenuous activities can be resumed within two weeks.11 Your urologist will discuss this and your specific condition with you during your consultation.

Risks and Complications

Laser procedures are not recommended for everyone. You should talk to your doctor about benefits and risks before moving forward with any treatment.

General Questions

Can I have a GreenLight Laser procedure if I've had previous enlarged prostate treatments or surgery?

Yes, many patients who have had previous treatments have been successfully treated with GreenLight.

My doctor has recommended that I have a TURP? Can I still have the GreenLight procedure?

In general, patients suitable for TURP can be considered for a GreenLight procedure, however, you and your doctor will need to make that determination, based upon your individual condition and desired outcomes.

Will I still need to take my prostate medication following the GreenLight procedure?

Your doctor will tell you when you can stop taking these medications.

How do I know if I am a candidate for GreenLight?

Only your urologist can determine if you are a candidate, based upon your history and physical examination, as well as his clinical judgment.

2. Karatas OF, Tasci A, Tugcu V. Erectile functions in BPH patients after photoselective vaporisation of the prostate laser surgery. Eur Urol 2006;5(2 suppl.):272 abstract 997. EAU Meeting, Apr 5 8,2006 Paris, France.
3. Malek RS, Kuntzman RS, Barrett DM. High power potassium-titanyl-phosphate laser vaporization prostatectomy. J Urol. 2000 Jun;163(6):1730-3.
4. Malek RS, Kuntzman RS, Barrett DM.Photoselective potassium-titanyl-phosphate laser vaporization of the benign obstructive prostate: observations on long-term outcomes. J Urol. 2005 Oct;174(4 Pt 1):1344-8.
5. Malek RS, Barrett DM, Kuntzman RS. High-power potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP/532) laser vaporization prostatectomy: 24 hours later. Urology. 1998 Feb;51(2):254-6.
8. Yakupoglu YK, Donmezer S, Mestci B, Saglam R, Simsek US. Successful treatment of BPH over 100 ml with KTP laser. J Urol 2006 May;175(4 suppl.):463 abstract 1522.
9. GreenLight Bibliography compiled by American Medical Systems updated 11/8/06.
10. Sarica K, Alkan E, Luleci H, Tasci AI. Photoselective vaporization of the enlarged prostate with KTP laser: long-term results in 240 patients. J Endourol. 2005 Dec;19(10):1199-202.
11. Mueller EJ. A series of 60 Greenlight photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) patients with results equal to standard TURP with much decreased morbidity and much quicker return to full normal unrestricted activity. 52nd Annual James C Kimbrough Urological Seminar. Jan-16-Jan 21, 2005 Honolulu, Hawaii abstract 41.