For the numerous men suffering from the uncomfortable effects of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), there is new hope for a successful BPH treatment: Green Light Laser Prostate treatment (GLLP). Often referred to as PVP (photo-vaporization) treatment, Green Light Laser technology is fast-becoming the BPH treatment of choice due to its minimally-invasive nature and remarkable results.
By choosing Green Light Laser therapy, men can virtually eliminate most of their BPH symptoms with greater efficiency, fewer side effects, risks, and complications. GLLP is truly a revolutionary procedure built upon previous laser prostate treatments such as Interstitial and Holmium laser therapies. As effective as those treatments are, Green Light Laser treatment for BPH is superior due to increased power (120 watts) which allows surgeons to completely vaporize excess prostate tissue. With other, lower-powered laser treatments, greater amounts of obstructive prostate tissue are unable to be removed.
Green Light Laser: A More-Effective BPH Treatment
In addition to being more-effective at eliminating greater amounts of excess prostatic tissue, Green Light Laser Treatment also relieves many other common prostate treatment complications such as:
- Intra-Operative Bleeding – The higher-powered laser is hotter and more effective at cauterizing blood during the surgical procedure; thus eliminating the majority of bleeding.
- Post-Operative Bleeding – This common surgical side effect is reduced for the same reasons mentioned for intra-operative bleeding.
- Longer Catheter Reliability – With Green Light Treatment, patients typically return home catheter-free in less than 24 hours.
- Post-Operative Bladder Neck Contraction – This common side effect of other BPH treatments, i.e. TURP, is often eliminated with Green Light Treatment.
In addition, GLLP has been found to drastically reduce post-operative incontinence and erectile dysfunction [caused by scarring] often associated with other BPH treatments. The bottom line is that Green Light Laser technology is opening up new horizons in the treatment for BPH and BPH symptoms granting new hope to millions of BPH sufferers.
The GreenLight Laser Vaporizes and Precisely Removes Enlarged Prostate Tissues
GreenLight laser treatment of the prostate is the newest, minimally invasive surgical technique for combating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). PVP offers patients both the immediate symptom relief and the dramatic flow improvements of the popular standard procedure known as transurethral resection of the prostate (or TURP) and the fast operative and recovery times, minimal side effects and catheter-free post op of other minimally invasive techniques. Photoselective prostate vaporization is performed, using a specially designed green-laser light source and fiber optic delivery system, in an outpatient setting, usually a surgical center or hospital.
During the procedure, the GreenLight laser surgical system, delivers laser light pulses via a specially designed fiber optic device inserted through a standard cystoscope. The laser light pulses are then directed toward the enlarged prostate tissues. The green-laser quickly and accurately vaporizes the prostatic obstruction – removing the enlarged portions of the prostate without causing significant bleeding. The average operative time is typically under sixty-minutes and once the procedure has been completed, most patients experience immediate symptom relief and a dramatic improvement in symptoms such as urinary flow rate and bladder emptying. More importantly, studies have indicated that those dramatic symptomological improvements are durable, for approximately a five-year follow-on period.
No other treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) has been shown to offer that combination of immediate and long-lasting symptom relief while providing significant uroflow results and resulting in minimal side effects … if any. The other minimally invasive treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia (Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy or TUMT and Transurethral Needle Ablation or TUNA) require compromises, in one form or another. In terms of overall efficacy, treatment durability or risk of potential postoperative complications. The advent of photoselective vaporization has done away with those compromises, patient’s symptoms can now be significantly reduced and their flow rates considerably improved with a safe, simple and effective treatment. By contrast, PVP is a fast, outpatient procedure that offers patients’ symptom relief and a positive uroflowometry outcome.
GreenLight Laser Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) – Benefits
- BPH is diagnosed in roughly 40% of men in their 50s and in 90% of men in their 80s.
- PVP patients are typically able to resume low-stress activity within 2 to 3 days.
- Patients are usually able to return to a vigorous activity level within 4 to 6 weeks.
- Postoperative complications from PVP are infrequent and mild when they do occur.
- 30% of PVP patients do not need a postoperative catheter.
- PVP has not been shown to pose a risk of postoperative impotence.
- PVP has been shown to reduce the occurrence of retrograde ejaculation in patients.
- The re-operation rate with PVP, over 5 years, is lower than that of other treatments.
- Photoselective vaporization of the prostate (or GreenLight Laser PVP) is an outpatient surgical procedure emerging as a desirable alternative to the traditional surgical answers to BPH.
More importantly, photoselective vaporization of the prostate offers patients long-term benefits …Even 5 years out; patients who’ve undergone GreenLight Laser PVP continue to experience persistent improvement of their urinary flow rates and fewer symptoms of urinary obstruction. PVP really is that safe and effective.
If You’re a Candidate for TURP, TUNA or TUMT …You’re a Candidate for PVP
If you’re a patient with a bladder outlet obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and you’re a candidate for older minimally invasive procedures such as transurethral microwave thermotherapy, transurethral needle ablation or for surgical procedures such as transurethral resection of the prostate (or TURP) you’re a candidate for GreenLight Laser PVP. It really is that simple. However, patients who’ve been diagnosed with obstructive prostate glands larger than “250 cm3” typically aren’t suitable candidates for GreenLight PVP or for standard transurethral surgical solutions to BPH. They are commonly treated using an open surgical procedure.
It’s also worth noting that patients suffering from neurogenic bladder disorders (or detrusor over activity) in addition to BPH are more likely than others to experience urinary control problems after being treated with photoselective vaporization, just as they would following transurethral resection. Therefore, they generally aren’t considered candidates for either procedure.
A BPH Treatment That Works
Even though you have choices for your BPH treatment, with the advancements being made with Green Light laser therapy, it’s conclusive enough to say that it is currently the latest and best treatment for BPH.
Many thanks to Rob Jundt for great information.