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Private laser treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia
During the procedure, a small laser fibre is inserted into your urethra and used to vaporise excess prostate tissue. The laser energy is highly targeted, minimising damage to surrounding tissues and reducing the risk of complications. This should result in less bleeding, pain, and scarring compared to traditional surgery.
After GreenLight laser prostate surgery, you can expect a relatively short recovery time. Most patients can go home the same day as the procedure and return to normal activities within a week or two. Your specialist consultant will provide detailed instructions for aftercare and follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
At Circle Health Group, we offer private GreenLight laser prostate surgery performed by experienced consultant surgeons. If you're experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about private the wide range of effective treatments we offer. Call or book online today and you could have your initial consultation within 48 hours.
Common symptoms of BPH include:
If left untreated, an enlarged prostate can lead to more serious complications such as bladder stones, kidney damage, and urinary retention. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to seek medical advice.
If you have been diagnosed with BPH and are experiencing bothersome symptoms, you may be a good candidate for GreenLight laser prostate surgery. Your urologist will be able to evaluate your condition and recommend the best course of treatment for you, which may include GreenLight laser prostate surgery.
During your first appointment with us, your consultant will take a thorough medical history and perform a short physical examination. They will want to know all about your symptoms and any previous medical procedures you may have had. We may need to conduct further tests, such as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, to confirm a diagnosis of BPH and rule out other potential problems. If necessary, we may also perform a prostate biopsy or imaging tests such as an MRI or ultrasound to get a better picture of your condition.
Your first consultation is important because it provides an opportunity to discuss all the available treatment options with you. We will take the time to explain the benefits and risks of each procedure, including GreenLight laser prostate surgery. We want you to feel confident in your treatment plan and ensure that you are making an informed decision about your health.
If it is determined that GreenLight laser prostate surgery is the best option for you, we will discuss the procedure in detail, including what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. Our consultant will answer any questions you may have and will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your unique needs. Once you're agreed on the best course of action, we'll get you booked in for treatment at a time that suits you.
The procedure is most commonly performed under general anaesthetic or spinal anaesthetic. Your anaesthetist will discuss the best option for you and explain how the anaesthesia will work.
GreenLight laser prostate surgery uses a high-powered laser to vaporise the prostate tissue that is blocking your urethra. During the procedure, a small instrument called a cystoscope is inserted into your urethra and guided to your prostate. The laser fibre is then inserted through the cystoscope, and the laser energy is used to remove the excess prostate tissue. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, so you can usually go home on the same day.
After the surgery, you may have a catheter to help you urinate. We will remove the catheter after a few days. You may experience some blood in your urine, but this should improve within a few days. You should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for a few weeks. Your consultant will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after the surgery and what to expect during the recovery process.
Remember, every patient's experience is different, and your consultant will explain everything to you so that you can make an informed decision. If you have any questions or concerns about your GreenLight laser prostate surgery, do not hesitate to ask your consultant.
It's important to remember that no surgery is completely risk-free, but by choosing a highly skilled and experienced surgeon, you can greatly reduce your risk of complications. Your consultant will carefully evaluate your condition, your medical history and your overall health to determine whether GreenLight laser prostate surgery is the right option for you. They will also discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with you, and answer any questions you may have, so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
Mr Anthony Riddick, a consultant urological surgeon at our St Edmunds Hospital, explains:
"Side effects are similar to those of TURP and include the usual risk of an infection as with any invasive procedure. However, GreenLight Laser ensures that there is much less bleeding than with TURP, and the laser procedure is considered less invasive.
"Typically, this means the hospital stay is shorter and recovery is faster. However, as with TURP, patients can feel a burning or stinging sensation for some time after the procedure and this may last for a few weeks. Men may pass some blood and occasionally small blood clots up to a month afterwards. This is normal and should cease without any need to see a doctor.
"The only significant potential side effect is almost certainly the loss of normal ejaculation. This happens because the contraction that occurs during orgasm may not completely block the entrance to the bladder once some tissue has been removed, and in this instance the semen will flow back into the bladder ('retrograde' or 'dry' ejaculation) rather than out through the penis.
"All risks will be discussed in full before you agree to the treatment."
If you would like to learn more about GreenLight laser prostate surgery, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.
Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in March 2023. Next review due March 2026.