Is Green Light Surgery Safe For Enlarged Prostate?


Asked by Jonathan

Is Green Light Surgery Safe For Enlarged Prostate?

I have been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate. My doctor has recommended green light surgery for the condition. Are side effects common with this procedure? Can it result in incontinence, and if so, what percentage of surgeries do? Can this incontinence be treated?


Green Light Laser is one of the most common minimally invasive procedures that are performed for relief of the symptoms that are associated with BPH. The effects of this procedure are very similar to those that are achieved with the more traditional TURP (transurethral resection of the prosate) but is associated with fewer side effects, shorter periods of catheterization, quicker recovery, and no need for hospitalization. In essence, the effects of the laser can easily be compared to removing the pulp of an orange and leaving the rind behind.

Less than 1% of patient will experience erectile dysfunction after the procedure, and 1/3 of the patients have retrograde ejaculation after the procedure. Some of the common side effects include mild burning with urination. Although incontinence can occur with this procedure, it is very uncommon, especially when it is performed by an experienced urologist.

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Answered by Jay Motola, M.D.