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Greenlight laser prostatectomy

An operation to remove excess tissue in the prostate

Greenlight laser prostatectomy is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery to remove a benign growth in the prostate

About

Also called photo-selective vaporisation of the prostate (PVP), Greenlight laser is used to treat problems caused by an enlarged prostate. It's not unusual for your prostate to get bigger with age. A benign (non-cancerous) growth can put pressure on the urethra, making it difficult urinate.

Need to know

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    The procedure is usually done under general anaesthetic, meaning you'll be asleep. Occasionally a spinal anaesthetic (epidural) is used as an alternative. Your urologist will talk to you about the best option for you. During the procedure, your urologist will pass a small operating telescope called a cystoscope into your urethra (the tube that carries urine from your bladder). A powerful laser is then used to vapourise the excess tissue in your prostate gland, relieving the pressure on your urethra. The procedure itself should only take around an hour.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. If you're having a general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating or drinking before your procedure. After the procedure, you may feel a bit drowsy, so you should arrange for someone to take you home. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    Once the procedure is finished, a catheter will be put in place to drain urine from your bladder. This is generally removed the next day. You may be able to go home the same day as your procedure, but usually you'll be cared for in hospital overnight. Your consultant will talk to you about what to expect and let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work. It's normal to feel some mild pain or discomfort in the days following your procedure. This can include a burning sensation, especially when urinating. Normal painkillers can relieve these symptoms, and they should clear up within a few days.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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