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Laser Vaporization of the Prostate

Laser vaporization of the prostate utilizing Greenlight™ laser therapy is a technique that uses a special laser to heat and vaporize the prostate tissue obstructing part of the urethra.
In studies comparing the laser technique with the more traditional surgical procedure called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), GreenLight Laser Therapy improved BPH symptoms and quality of life as effectively, but with fewer side effects.

Most men are good candidates for laser vaporization therapy. This outpatient procedure is performed in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). During the procedure, a small fiber is inserted into the urethra through a cystoscope. Laser energy is delivered through the fiber to remove the enlarged prostate tissue, restoring natural urine flow and relieving symptoms of BPH quickly.


Advantages of laser vaporization therapy include:

  • The procedure is minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis
  • Most men return home only a few hours after the procedure
  • Quick recovery and return to normal activities
  • Normal urine flow is restored quickly
  • Very few long-term side effects
  • Long-lasting relief from bothersome urinary symptoms


Some patients may experience minimal side effects from laser vaporization including:

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Temporary pain and/or bleeding may occur but typically diminishes in a few weeks
  • Retrograde ejaculation – Semen released through ejaculation goes into the bladder rather than out of the penis, which can inhibit fertility