Prostate enlargement happens to almost all men as they age. To reduce the symptoms associated with the condition, consider GreenLight™ Laser Therapy, which offers many advantages over traditional surgical options. At McCormick | Finger Urology in Harlingen, Texas, Dr. Erin McCormick offers her expertise with this procedure. Call the office or book online to learn if GreenLight laser therapy is right for your enlarged prostate.
Traditional treatment for an enlarged prostate involves using instruments to remove excess prostate tissue surgically. This requires a one- to three-day hospital stay and side effects of incontinence, impotence, and bleeding. Recovery takes 4-6 weeks.
GreenLight Laser Therapy offers a better alternative to treating an enlarged prostate. During GreenLight treatment, Dr. McCormick applies laser energy to the prostate. This energy destroys excess prostate tissue, so it no longer blocks the urine channel, and you experience a return of natural urine flow.
Typical candidates for GreenLight Laser Therapy have benign prostatic hyperplasia; it’s not appropriate to treat prostate cancer. The results of GreenLight therapy are comparable to those of surgery, with fewer complications and risk of infection. You’ll have a shorter hospital stay and reduced time using a catheter after surgery.
The GreenLight laser procedure is outpatient, meaning you go home the same day. During the treatment, you are put under general anesthesia. The laser energy is delivered to your prostate through a thin, flexible fiber that Dr. McCormick inserts into the urethra.
After surgery, you may have slight discomfort, often a burning sensation, during urination. Dr. McCormick can provide mild pain and anti-inflammatory medications to ease any postoperative symptoms.
You should notice a dramatic improvement in urine flow without 24 hours of the surgery. You can expect to return to work and normal activities within 2-3 days of the procedure, but you should avoid vigorous or strenuous activity for two weeks.
The positive effects of GreenLight treatment last about five years, according to the most recent research, and may extend longer.
GreenLight therapy should have no impact on your sex life. You can still achieve orgasm after the procedure, but you may experience retrograde ejaculation, in which semen enters the bladder rather than the urethra, or dry climax, in which little to no semen is released during ejaculation. Neither affects your sexual sensations.
Learn more about GreenLight Laser Therapy as a way to treat an enlarged prostate by calling McCormick | Finger Urology or booking an appointment online.