Photovaporization Of The Prostate

Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists

Located in Bellingham, WA - Serving the Pacific Northwest

If you’re suffering from the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, like difficulty urinating, the urologists at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists can offer relief. Located in Bellingham, Washington, the experienced team of urologists offers a wide range of advanced treatments for prostate conditions, including photovaporization of the prostate. To learn more about the advantages of photovaporization of the prostate, call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Photovaporization of the Prostate

What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) occurs when you have an enlarged prostate. BPH isn’t cancerous or caused by cancer.

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system and makes fluid for ejaculation. It surrounds your urethra below your bladder. Your urethra is a tube that carries urine from your bladder through your penis so it can exit your body.

When your prostate grows in size, it can squeeze down on your urethra making it difficult to urinate. Additional symptoms of BPH include:

  • Frequent and intense urges to urinate
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • A weak stream that may stop and start
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Unable to completely empty your bladder

This condition affects approximately half of men age 50 and older and 90% of men over 80.


How is BPH treated?

The Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists team has several treatments to help manage BPH. Less invasive treatments include medications and procedures like UroLift®, which lifts and holds your prostate away from your urethra.

Your urologist might also recommend minimally invasive procedures that remove excess prostate tissue, like transurethral electrovaporization of the prostate and transurethral resection of the prostate. Common surgical treatments for BPH include simple prostatectomy and robotic simple prostatectomy.

The Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists team also performs photovaporization of the prostate, or PVP.


What is photovaporization of the prostate?

PVP, or GreenLight™ laser therapy, is an innovative treatment for BPH that uses precisely directed laser energy to remove prostate tissue. This BPH treatment offers numerous advantages, including:

  • Less blood loss compared with other methods
  • Safer for men taking aspirin or blood thinners
  • Faster recovery
  • More immediate results

Your urologist performs PVP on an outpatient basis while you’re under general anesthetic.


What can I expect during photovaporization of the prostate?

During PVP treatment, your urologist inserts a thin scope through the opening of your penis into your urethra. They then insert a laser through the scope to remove the excess prostate tissue blocking your urethra.

After your procedure, you often have swelling that temporarily requires a urinary catheter to help you pass urine. When your swelling goes down, your urologist removes your catheter, and you can urinate normally.

You either go home the same day or spend the night in the hospital. In most cases, you should avoid strenuous activity for a few days and ejaculation for a week or two.

Call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.