Is the GreenLight PVP procedure FDA approved?
Yes, the GreenLight PVP Laser Procedure received FDA clearance in May 2001.
How many GreenLight PVP procedures have been performed?
Seventy thousands of patients have been successfully treated with the GreenLight PVP Laser Procedure in
the US, Europe, and Far East.
Is the procedure covered by insurance?
Yes, the GreenLight PVP procedure is covered by Medicare and by most private insurance plans
How does GreenLight PVP work?
The GreenLight PV Laser System is a patented green light laser that provides the energy to perform thePVP procedure. A thin fiber is inserted into the urethra through a cystoscope, an instrument thai allowsthe doctor to examine the bladder and prostate. The fiber delivers green laser energy that
quickly vaporizes and precisely removes enlarged prostate tissue. Dr. [Name] is able to safely view and controlthe treatment area, tailoring it to your individual anatomy and needs. Because the tissue is vaporizedand removed, a wide-open channel is created. Natural urine flow is immediately restored and urinarysymptoms are relieved.
Where is PVP procedure performed?
The GreenLight PVP procedure is performed in a hospital or an ambulatory surgery center. You may bereleased after a few hours or after an overnight stay. Dr. [Name] performs the procedure at [surgerylocation].
Will I have to spend the night in the hospital?
Most patients can go home a few hours after the procedure. Sometimes Dr. [Name] feels morecomfortable asking a patient to spend the night and go home the following morning, particularly if yourprocedure was done late in the day, or if you traveled a long distance to reach the hospital.
Will I need anesthesia?
You will need analgesia of some type for the GreenLight PVP procedure. Depending upon
your individual medical condition, Dr. [Name] may use general or spinal anesthesia, or block the nerves
to your prostate using a local anesthetic, and administering some light analgesics through an IV(intravenous) tubing.
Will I feel any pain during the GreenLight PVP procedure?
Patients have not reported any pain during the procedure. You and Dr. [Name] will discuss appropriatesedation.
Will I feel pain after the procedure?
After the procedure you may have some mild discomfort such as slight burning during urination
for about a week or so. This is easily managed with mild pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs.Most patients are comfortable, and require only mild. over-the counter analgesics, such as TyienolŽ orAdvilŽ.
Will I have to wear a catheter?
Many patients (about half) do not need a catheter. If one is needed, it is usually removed within 24hours. It really depends on your individual case.
How long before I see results?
Most patients obtain immediate relief of symptoms and dramatic improvement in your urine flow usuallywithin 24 hours of the procedure.
How long is the recovery time? How soon can I return to normal activities?
Most patients can resume normal activities within the week. This would include a desk job and driving
a car, which you should be able to resume within a couple of days. You will have to avoid more
strenuous activities, as well as lifting more than 30 pounds or riding a lawnmower for expl., for about 14 daysfollowing the GreenLight PVP Laser procedure.
What are the side effects, risks and complications of GreenLight PVP?
The PVP procedure is generally considered to be very safe. Most patients report a very high level
of satisfaction. Patients may experience slight burning during urination and/or a little bit of blood in
the urine for a couple of weeks. Some men may experience more severe symptoms, which can be easilytreated by Dr. [Name]. Retrograde ejaculation, or "dry climax" following treatment may occur.According to clinical studies, no patients have suffered loss of control of
their bladder (incontinence); lossof sexual ability (erectile dysfunction); have required a blood transfusion, suffered TUR-Syndrome,
Will I still be able to have sex following the PVP procedure?
The GreenLight PVP Procedure should not affect your ability to have an erection or an orgasm. Somemen have reported retrograde ejaculation, or "dry climax" following the procedure. If you are sexuallyactive now, you can look forward to remaining sexually active.
Can I have PVP if I have failed TUNA, TUMT, ILC, or WIT?
Yes, many patients who have failed these technologies have been successfully treated with PVP.
Can I have PVP if I had a TURP?
My doctor has told me that I am not a candidate for TUNA, TUMT, ILC, or WIT...and has recommendedthat I have a TURP? Can I still have the PVP procedure?
As a rule, if you are a suitable candidate for TURP, you can be considered a good candidate for PVP.Prostate size or length does not generally rule you out as being a good candidate for PVP; however,Dr. [Name] will need to make that determination, based upon your individual condition.
Will I still need to take my prostate medication following the PVP procedure?
No. Dr. [Name] will tell you when you can stop taking these medications.
How do I know if I am a candidate for PVP?
Only Dr. [Name] can determine if you are a candidate, based upon your history & physical examination,as well as his clinical judgement.
How long can I expect the effects of the procedure to last?
Clinical studies show that the procedure is very long lasting. Very few patients require re-treatment.
We do not know how long you can expect improvement until more data is gathered from the clinical study.
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