Green Light Laser Prostatectomy (BPH)

Green Light Laser Prostatectomy (BPH)

Dr Haddad has been using GreenLight Laser (GLL) prostatectomy since 2008 , when he was introduced to it as a Urology Registrar. Over the past 10 years in his practice it has become the main method he delivers to patients requiring treatment of an enlarged prostate, BPH ‘benign prostatic hypertrophy’.

GLL has been compared against the more traditional TURP (‘re-bore, bore-out’) method, and the published literature results clearly show equivalent outcomes in terms of symptom improvement. Dr Haddad prefers GLL finding it to be a less invasive and a more gentle technique. The telescope used is thinner and less traumatic on the water pipe. The method of vaporisation achieves excellent cavitation of the prostatic urethra with essentially no bleeding. The laser vaporisation allows sealing of blood vessels at the same time as it vaporises the prostate tissue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is GreenLight Laser performed ?

Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga NSW.

How many nights in hospital is required ?

Either one or two nights.

How much time of work is required ?

Other than the 2 nights in hospital post procedure, the first 3 to 5 days at home are needed to recover. The post Laser recovery involves daytime frequency and urgency as the “internal wound / raw area” heal.

What is an Enlarged Prostate (BPH)?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is referred to as BPH. The terms benign and hyperplasia both refer to non-cancerous conditions. This causes the prostate to expand. Though the symptoms of BPH and prostate cancer sometimes overlap, BPH does not raise your risk of developing the disease.

They are as follows:

  • Trouble starting a urine stream or making more than a dribble
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • The feeling that the bladder is not entirely empty
  • The strong and sudden urge to urinate
  • Weak or slow urine stream
  • Stopping and starting while urinating
  • Straining to begin urination