Laser Surgery

Laser Surgery is a minimally invasive therapy that combines the effectiveness of surgery with a low risk of side effects and complications. Laser surgery is generally done as an out-patient procedure. Lasers are used to remove prostate tissue delivering treatment through a thin, flexible fiber which is inserted into the urethra through an instrument called a cystoscope. The fiber carries laser energy which quickly removes prostate tissue which will allow urine to pass through freely.


Advantages of Laser Surgery


A number of procedures are available to treat BPH, but laser surgery has several potential advantages over other methods, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and open prostatectomy. The advantages of laser surgery generally include:


  • Lower risk of bleeding. Because there is a low risk of bleeding with laser surgery, it can be a good option for men who take medication to thin their blood or who have a bleeding disorder that doesn’t allow their blood to clot normally.

  • Shorter or no hospital stay. Laser surgery can be done on an outpatient basis or with just an overnight hospital stay. Other prostate treatments, such as open prostatectomy or transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), may require a longer hospital stay.

  • Quicker recovery. Recovery from laser surgery generally takes less time than recovery from TURP or open surgery.

  • Less need for a catheter. Procedures to treat an enlarged prostate generally require use of a tube (catheter) to drain urine from the bladder after surgery. With laser surgery, a catheter is generally needed for less than 24 hours.

  • More-immediate results. Improvements in urinary symptoms from laser surgery are noticeable right away, while it can take several weeks to months to see noticeable improvement with medications.


What to Expect


Before Laser Surgery


  • You will be required to compete testing ordered by your urologist.

  • Your urologist will make your appointment and tell you when and where the procedure will be done.

  • Your doctor will discuss anesthesia requirements, as well as pain medication to ensure your comfort during
    and after the procedure.


After Surgery


  • Following your laser surgery you should see a significant improvement in urine flow that will continue to get better with time.

  • Your urologist may prescribe antibiotics for a short period of time.

  • Your urologist will give you post treatment instructions when you are ready to go home.


The New Jersey Kidney Stone Center can provide either a Quanta Laser or a GreenLight™ laser. Your urologist will determine which technology is appropriate for your procedure.



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