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The GreenLight uses laser energy to vaporize prostate tissue. The obstructing prostate tissue is destroyed or removed at the time of the procedure.
Rezum uses radio frequency generated steam injected into the prostate tissue to bring about changes that will over time shrink the prostate tissue away from the channel men urinate through.
The effect of the GreenLight procedure is for the most part immediate. The effect of the Rezum occurs over time.
The Rezum is “more” minimally invasive because it takes less time to perform, nothing is cut or destroyed and essentially very little risk of bleeding. There is usually 2-4 nine second treatments with Rezum and the steam is injected through a small catheter by way of puncturing the prostate.
So…who should choose which?
You can do the GreenLight with good results on most any obstructive prostate. However is a patient has been in retention (can not urinate at all and has a catheter) or is having significant obstructive urinary symptoms and is near retention…then the Rezum is not an ideal treatment. In this scenario the patient needs relief of the obstructing tissue now and not a slow resolution over time.
For that patient who would be a poor candidate for anesthesia, is having moderate prostrate enlargement symptoms, the prostate is moderately sized, and likes the option of an in office procedure, then the Rezum fits the bill. In other words if there is some time necessary for the steam to affect and open the channel then a patient with impending retention needs a procedure that the effect is immediate i.e. destruction of tissue at the time of the procedure. With the GreenLight no evolution of the prostate tissue is necessary.
The patient’s voiding history and the findings of cystoscopy will dictate the procedure best suited for the patient and the one recommended by the urologist.
Northeast Georgia Urological Associates offers both of the above forms of treatment as well as the traditional prostate procedures. If you are having voiding symptoms due to prostate enlargement, you can contact us 24/7 using the form below. Include your phone number and we will call you with a time for your consultation.
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
My dog Penelope has nothing to do with the laser of the prostate although dogs, males that is, have a prostate too. I just liked the “green” in the picture. She has just taken a swim to “get her stick” and is just “skakin it off.”
In regards to the evolution of the laser in the treatment of the prostate, the following article is very interesting and informative. It discusses PVP, which is the type of laser the GreenLight is, and other forms. In my thirty years of practicing urology, I have used about all of them. The GreenLight to me is by far the most beneficial in terms of ease of using, lack of bleeding, outpatient, and limited need for post operative catheter.
What’s on the horizon? Well there is now the Urolift and Rezum. One uses a device to pull the prostatic urethra apart and the other uses steam. I’ll talk more about them later.
Urology – November 15, 2007 – Vol. 23 – No. 07
Article Reviewed: Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Intake of Micronutrients, and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in US Men. Rohrmann S, Giovannucci E, et al: Am J Clin Nutr; 2007; 85 (February): 523-529.
Is BPH a type of cancer?
Do I have to stay in the hospital after a GreenLightTM procedure?
Where is the procedure performed?
Will the GreenLightTM Laser Therapy treatment affect my sexual function?
How long before my symptoms improve?
Will I continue to need BPH medications after the GreenLightTM Laser Therapy treatment?
How soon can I return to work and other normal activities?
How long do the results last?
Is GreenLight™ Therapy covered by insurance?
How many GreenLightTM procedures have been performed?
Will I need to wear a catheter?
Will I have discomfort after the procedure?
Can I have a GreenLightTM Laser procedure if I’ve had previous enlarged prostate treatments or surgery?
My doctor has recommended that I have a TURP. Can I still have the GreenLightTMprocedure?
How do I know if I am a candidate for GreenLightTM?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is not a type of cancer and it is not known to influence the risk of cancer.
The urologists of Northeast Georgia Urological Associates commonly perform GreenLight Laser Prostatectomies in our accredited ambulatory surgery center.
Why? Because in most cases the procedure can be performed as an out patient, with minimal bleeding and limited need of a catheter.
If you hare having symptoms of BPH (prostate enlargement) leave your number below and we will call you with an appointment.