GreenLight Laser for Prostate Enlargement 101

Boston Scientific PDF brochure on the GreenLight Procedure.

Dr. McHugh performs the GreenLight on a routine basis in Northeast Georgia Urological Associates Surgery Center as an outpatient procedure.

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Restoring flow to bring rapid relief

The alternative to traditional treatments of benign prostatic enlargement.

urologyFrom the age of about 40, men will start to develop changes associated with an enlarging prostate and may suffer from symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty starting and a weak urine flow, urgency and incomplete bladder emptying.

An enlarged prostate, known as a benign prostatic hyperplasia (or BPH), is a condition in which the prostate changes shape and size and narrows, blocking the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the prostate).

Urologist Dr Shane La Bianca from Perth Urology Clinic says symptoms associated with BPH can be difficult to ignore and can interfere with living a regular, healthy life.

“Frequent urination can disrupt your sleep, as well as your partner’s, and lead to tiredness and irritability,” Dr La Bianca says.

“In older patients, it can also increase their risk of falls during the night as they get up to find the toilet.”

“Having a constant need to urinate and then not being able to pass urine properly during the day can really affect a…

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What is the verumontanum and why is it important during GreenLight Laser procedure?

The verumontanum is an important anatomical landmark for the urologist doing any operative procedure on the prostate. It represents the stopping point of resection or laser treatment in prevention of post operative incontinence.

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There are four features of the prostatic urethra seen immediately below. Furthest from view is the median lobe of the prostate which is positioned horizontally. Proximal to this is the bladder which cannot be seen due to the obstructive components of the prostate. Closer to the viewer are the median lobes of the prostate which come in to the channel of the prostate on the left and right and in addition to the median lobe cause the obstruction of urine flow. Then in the foreground is the verumonatum which is raised area in the prostate and where the seminal vesicles empty fluid from the seminal vesicles and testicles.

The significance of veru is that this represents the point of the prostate where the urologist stops the resection or laser treatment. Beyond the veru is the external sphincter and if this is resected or damaged then there is a risk of…

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Tomatoes and prostates? A tomato a day will keep the urologist away.

Saw Palmetto and tomatoes (lycopene) not a bad combo for prostate enlargement in the male with voiding symptoms.

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The apple ain’t got nothing on the tomato!


Article Reviewed: Lycopene Inhibits Disease Progression in Patients With Benign Prostate Hyperplasia. Schwarz S, Obermuller-Jevic UC, et al: J Nutr; 2008; 138 (January): 49-53.

Lycopene Inhibits Disease Progression in Patients With Benign Prostate Hyperplasia.

Schwarz S, Obermuller-Jevic UC, et al:
J Nutr; 2008; 138 (January): 49-53

Background: Lycopene is a carotenoid found in a variety of healthy foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit. It has garnered interest in the area of prostate cancer prevention, but has yet to receive adequate attention in the area of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). Objective: To determine the serologic, tissue, and clinical impact of higher plasma lycopene levels in patients with histologically proven BPH. Design/Methods: This was a randomized trial of 40 patients who received 15 mg per day of lycopene from a dietary supplement or a placebo for 6 consecutive months. Patients…

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Causes and Statistics of BPH-Georgia GreenLight Laser

Causes and Statistics of BPH.

What are the causes and statistics?


Prostate enlargement occurs naturally as a man ages. No one knows exactly why the condition occurs, but it is one of the most common diseases among aging men.1


BPH affects approximately 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 and up to 90% of men over the age of 80.2 BPH affects more than 27 million men over 50 each year in the United States3 Up to 95% of men with moderate symptoms are unhappy and don’t want to spend the rest of their life with these symptoms4 If left untreated, BPH can lead to complications including infection; renal failure; and urinary, bladder, or kidney stones.2,5