Try our Commonly Asked Questions for additional information.

  • What does it treat?

    It is suitable for men who have failed medical therapy or UroLift or alternatively have complicated urinary symptoms. These include those men with recurrent bladder infections, those who cannot pee at all or those who have started to develop bladder stones.

  • Who is this suitable for?

    It is suitable for men who have failed medical therapy or UroLift or alternatively have complicated urinary symptoms. These include those men with recurrent bladder infections, those who cannot pee at all or those who have started to develop bladder stones.

  • What’s involved?

    The treatment is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually lasts around 45-60 minutes. Men will have a catheter inserted into the bladder afterwards which in most is removed the next day.

  • How long does it take?

    This depends on the size of the prostate, but in general is related to the amount of tissue which is vapourised. The larger the prostate the longer the surgery time! For the average sized prostate of around 65 cc it will take around 45-60 minutes to perform.

  • How long will I be in hospital for?

    Most patients typically spend one night in hospital and are discharged on the next day without a catheter.

  • Will there be any blood in the urine afterwards?

    Yes. In most cases men will experience blood coloured urine for a few days up to around 2 weeks post surgery. In some circumstances, particularly if men are taking blood thinners, they may experience bleeding for a longer period of time.

  • Do urinary symptoms get better immediately?

    No. In most individuals they will see improvements in flow and pressure initially followed more slowly by improvements in frequency and urgency The reason for this is that is takes the bladder several weeks to adjust to the changes made at the time of surgery. In essence the bladder needs to retain itself. This takes time.

  • Will there be any change to erections after surgery?

    No. In almost all men there is no change in erectile function after a GreenLight Laser Prostatectomy. WHat the majority will notice is, however, retrograde ejaculation. This results in a man having a dry organism at the time of climax ie there is no fluid it is a dry orgasm.

  • Is the dry orgasm permanent?

    Yes