GreenLight™ Laser PVP
GreenLight™ Laser PVP (Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate) is a procedure used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate gland resulting in the urethral restriction. The prostate is a small gland circling the urethra immediately below the neck of the bladder. It has a vital function in the male reproductive system by secreting a fluid into the urethra during ejaculation.
GreenLight™ Laser PVP is a recent addition to the minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of BPH. The procedure uses the technology of high-powered laser light combined with fiber optics to vaporize the overgrowth of prostate cells quickly and accurately. As the surgeon directs the laser at the prostate, the intense pulses of light emitted from the fiber are absorbed by the blood. Within moments, the temperature of the blood becomes so great it causes the nearby cells to vaporize. GreenLight™ is being used as an alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and has been shown to be its equal in terms of effectiveness in an improvement of symptoms. There is growing interest in this technique by patients and practitioners because of its simplicity and efficiency. GreenLight™ stands alone in its ability to give patients quick symptom relief, ease and comfort of urinary flow, and minimal short-term side effects. This technique is too new for long-term studies to have been completed, but after five years it has been shown to maintain its level of improvement in urinary flow and comfort, and for giving men the quality of life they deserve.
Benefits of Greenlight™ Laser PVP
- Minimal bleeding
- Only 30% of patients need a post-op catheter
- Discharge on the same day
- Resume normal activities in 2 to 3 days with caution
- Return to vigorous activity level in 4 to 6 weeks
- Complications occur infrequently and are mild if they do
- Post-operative impotence has not been associated with PVP
- Retrograde ejaculation is less likely with PVP
- Erectile Dysfunction is not typical in PVP patients
- Long-term success in improved urine flow
- Fewer symptoms of urinary obstruction
Holmium laser ablation of prostate refers to a procedure that uses holmium laser to ablate, destroy or evaporate prostate tissue that is obstructing urinary flow. Men with symptoms such as slow urinary stream, urinary urgency, frequent urination, urinary retention and urination at night can benefit from holmium laser ablation of prostate.
The benefits of holmium laser are its safety and precise control over energy delivery to the prostate tissue. Holmium lasers while effective at prostate tissue ablation are not as predictably effective as 2nd and 3rd generation lasers used for laser prostatectomy as the efficacy Holmium laser is dependent on the tissue characteristic (density) of prostatic tissue. Holmium laser is still very popular for laser enucleation of prostate.
RevoLix Thulium Technology
For the first time a surgical laser is available for soft tissue surgery which unifies all advantageous properties of existing laser principles in a single unit. RevoLix combines the cutting and ablation advantages of the well-known CO2 laser – but there is no need for an articulated mirror arm. RevoLix achieves excellent hemostasis like the Nd:YAG or Diode laser – but there is no risk of deep tissue penetration. RevoLix provides excellent tissue vaporization – but unlike the KTP laser without the observed significant decrease in efficiency caused by bleaching of the target chromophore. RevoLix tissue effect is shallow like the Holmium laser – however there is no trauma produced by the laser and cutting edges are smooth and clean. In open surgery there is no splattering. RevoLix laser radiation is delivered to the surgical site through multi-use or disposable flexible fibers – ideal for endoscopic, laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery.
- less blood loss
- quick recovery time
- outpatient surgery
- less postoperative care
- short cauterization time in BPH treatment
- precise surgery
- no deep penetration
- safe operation
- excellent hemostasis
- treatment of patients under anticoagulant
- less damage to endoscopes and instruments
- reusable and disposable fibers
- color neutral safety glasses
- multi-disciplinary for minimally invasive surgery