If your BPH symptoms are severe and all other treatment options have not been successful, surgery (prostatectomy) may be recommended. These surgeries remove large amounts of prostate tissue. They have to be performed in the hospital, require general anesthesia and carry risks of side effects. (ED and Incontinence being some of them).
Transuretheral resection of the prostate (TURP)
This is one of the most common surgeries performed. With TURP, the inner portion of the prostate is cut out through the urethra using a cystoscope. It is effective in most cases and can provide long-term relief. It requires a hospital stay. Side effects can include bleeding, loss of ejaculation and in rare instances, incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
GreenLight Laser Surgery
This is essentially very similar to the TURP. Where as in the TURP the electric current is used to cut the prostate, here a laser beam is used instead. Laser surgery is a relatively newer treatment and its advantage is that bleeding is markedly reduced and patients can be discharged much sooner. With over 200,000 procedures performed worldwide, the GreenLight procedure is creating a new standard of care.
Comparing a TURP to GreenLight