After urination, does your bladder not feel emptied? Do you have to strain to urinate? Is your sleep often interrupted with a repeated need to pee? If so, you may suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a condition otherwise known as an enlarged prostate. The Urologists of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona offer Green Light™ laser ablation, a minimally invasive surgical technique proven to reduce the risk, operation time, and recovery period of traditional Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP).
As the name implies, Green Light™ laser treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia entails the targeted application of lasers to the enlarged tissues of the prostate. To address the male urological problems that are the result of an enlarged prostate, such as the blockage of urine flow, the Urologists of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona insert a small fiber into the urethra through a cystoscope. This fiber then delivers high-energy pulses of 532 nanometer (green) light to the targeted prostatic tissue. The green light is absorbed by the prostate and the targeted tissue eradicated through a process known as photo-selective vaporization. The procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia and is near bloodless.
Post-operatively, most men can expect a rapid restoration of urine flow and relief from BPH symptoms. In terms of recovery, patients may experience some degree of burning during urination as a result of irritation to the urinary tract, or encounter a small amount of hematuria (blood in the urine). Also, as the bladder adjusts to the removal of the blockage, men may experience an increased need to urinate for a period of time after Green Light™ laser ablation surgery.
To learn more about Green Light™ laser vaporization, a procedure that combines the benefits of minimally invasive surgery with the results of Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP), contact one of seven Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona practices located in Anthem, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Phoenix, Prescott, Sun City, Sun City West, and Wickenburg, Arizona.