The unpleasant symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate can negatively affect your quality of life, but they don’t have to. Drs. Rahul Mehan and Harpreet Wadhwa at East Valley Urology Center in Mesa, Arizona, offer several nonsurgical treatment options such as GreenLight™ Therapy to reduce excess tissue and relieve symptoms like frequent urination. If you’re looking for solutions for urinary issues like difficult or painful urination, call East Valley Urology Center or use the online scheduling tool for an appointment today.
Enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition that affects men over age 50.
The prostate is a small gland that’s part of the male reproductive system. It’s located at the base the bladder, and the urethra passes through it. As men age, excess prostate tissue can develop, disrupting the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra. In some cases, enlarged prostate tissue can completely block the flow of urine.
Common symptoms of BPH include:
GreenLight Laser Therapy is an innovative treatment that combines the effectiveness of surgical prostate surgeries with minimally invasive laser technology.
During GreenLight treatments, Dr. Rahul Mehan or Dr. Harpreet Wadhwa use a small fiber inserted into the urethra to deliver a targeted high-powered laser to excess prostate tissue. The blood inside the excess tissue absorbs the light from the laser, heating the tissue and causing immediate cell damage without affecting surrounding structures.
GreenLight is a precise treatment with fewer complications than other prostate treatments, including:
GreenLight also reduces your need for future retreatments.
GreenLight Laser Therapy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Dr. Mehan or Dr. Wadhwa will administer general anesthesia so that you can sleep comfortably through your appointment.
Once the anesthesia takes effect, your urologist inserts the GreenLight fiber into your urethra using a cystoscope. A cystoscope is a thin, hollow tube with a camera lens that allows your doctor to see inside your urethra and bladder.
After the laser fiber has been advanced to the excess prostate tissue, your doctor vaporizes the cells until they’re completely removed.
Following your procedure, you may require a catheter for a short period to help your bladder drain. You may experience mild discomfort for about one week, but the results from GreenLight Therapy are often immediate. You will continue seeing additional benefits as you heal.
Call East Valley Urology Center or book an appointment online to learn how GreenLight can relieve your symptoms from an enlarged prostate.