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PVP greenlight laser surgery is an alternative, very safe method of treating the bladder outflow obstruction suffered by men with enlarged prostate glands.
Side-effects are similar to those of TURP and may 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 faster. However, similar to TURP patients can feel a burning/stinging sensation for some time after the procedure and this may last for a few weeks following the procedure. 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 side-effect is almost certainly the loss of normal ejaculation. This is because the contraction that occurs during orgasm may not completely block the entrance to the bladder once some tissue has been removed, and the semen will flow back into the bladder ("retrograde" or "dry" ejaculation) rather than out through the penis. The procedure including risks will be discussed in full with the surgeon prior to any with your doctor or surgeon if you are concerned before your treatment.
The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you. For more information about this procedure, please call Circle Health to arrange an appointment with a healthcare professional on 0808 101 0337.
If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.