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Laser Therapy For BPH

Lasers are now used in many areas of medicine, including eye and cosmetic surgery. They are also used to treat an enlarged prostate.


During the Laser Therapy procedure, either a Greenlight XPS or Cyber TM Thulium laser is used, and the tissue blocking your prostate is rapidly heated and vaporized. Natural urine flow is rapidly restored in most patients. Typically, the procedure is performed as a same-day surgery. Many patients can go home without a urinary catheter. An overnight stay may be recommended for some patients.

Advantages of Laser Therapy


Compared with traditional surgical options, Laser Therapy is associated with:

  • Significantly less chance of severe blood loss

  • Same-day surgery in most cases

  • Significantly faster recovery in typical cases for the following:

    • Shorter hospital stay

    • Shorter catheterization time

    • Less bleeding

  • Comparable risks and outcomes 

What happens during the Laser Therapy procedure?


The following is intended as a general overview. Your experience may differ. Please talk to your doctor about potential risks and questions you may have about the procedure. 

  • Before treatment begins, you may be asked to empty your bladder.

  • You will then be brought into the procedure room and moved to the treatment bed where you will lie on your back. Dr. Rockove may give you medication to help you relax.

  • The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. This means that you will be asleep during the procedure. A different type of anesthesia may be used, depending on the treatment center.

  • Once the anesthesia takes effect, Dr. Rockove will insert a small scope into your urethra. The scope allows Dr. Rockove to see the inner surfaces of the urethra, prostate and bladder.

  • After the scope is in place, Dr. Rockove will advance the laser device through the scope to the location of the enlarged prostate tissue.

  • Dr. Rockove will then vaporize the prostate tissue that is obstructing urine flow. Dead tissue that is not immediately vaporized will be passed naturally in your urine during the first few days after your surgery.

  • A temporary urinary catheter may be placed at the end of the procedure to let urine drain from your bladder.

Image of normal versus enlarged prostate

More Information on Laser Therapy:

  • Read more about Laser Therapy (Greenlight XPS) and BPH in this brochure

  • Read more about Laser Therapy (Cyber TM) in this brochure

  • View the patient website for BPH and Laser Therapy (Greenlight XPS) here

  • Contact us and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Rockove!

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