Transurethral Vaporization of the Prostate / Greenlight (Photovaporization of Prostate)
Laser prostatectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to treat BPH. You may also see it referred to as Greenlight™ PVP, Transurethral Vaporization of Prostate (TUVP), or laser prostatectomy. A telescope is placed into the urethra up to the prostate, and your urologist then uses a laser to vaporize prostate tissue that is obstructing flow of urine from the bladder.
This procedure has fewer side effects than the traditional Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP) and is much more effective than microwave prostate treatments. Laser Prostatectomy is done under general or spinal anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Most patients keep a foley catheter for less than 24 hours. Other benefits include long-lasting relief of BPH symptoms, the ability to stop BPH medications, and faster return to normal activities.