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The Green Light™ Laser Procedure: A Minimally Invasive BPH Treatment

After urination, does your bladder not feel emptied? Do you have to strain to urinate? Is your sleep often interrupted with a repeated need to pee? If so, you may suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a condition otherwise known as an enlarged prostate.  The Urologists of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona offer Green Light™ laser ablation, a minimally invasive surgical technique proven to reduce the risk, operation time, and recovery period of traditional Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP).

Green Light™ Laser Ablation: What is it and how is it Performed?

As the name implies, Green Light™ laser treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia entails the targeted application of lasers to the enlarged tissues of the prostate. To address the male urological problems that are the result of an enlarged prostate, such as the blockage of urine flow, the Urologists of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona insert a small fiber into the urethra through a cystoscope. This fiber then delivers high-energy pulses of 532 nanometer (green) light to the targeted prostatic tissue. The green light is absorbed by the prostate and the targeted tissue eradicated through a process known as photo-selective vaporization.  The procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia and is near bloodless.

Post-operatively, most men can expect a rapid restoration of urine flow and relief from BPH symptoms. In terms of recovery, patients may experience some degree of burning during urination as a result of irritation to the urinary tract, or encounter a small amount of hematuria (blood in the urine). Also, as the bladder adjusts to the removal of the blockage, men may experience an increased need to urinate for a period of time after Green Light™ laser ablation surgery.

Why Consider Green Light™ Laser Ablation for the Treatment of BPH?

  • Fast relief of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia symptoms
  • Less risk than traditional invasive procedures
  • Reduced operative time
  • Quick recovery
  • Elimination of or shortened need for post-operative catheterization
  • Reduced risk of erectile dysfunction

To learn more about Green Light™ laser vaporization, a procedure that combines the benefits of minimally invasive surgery with the results of Transurethral  Resection of the Prostate (TURP), contact one of seven Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona practices located in Anthem, Buckeye, Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Litchfield Park, and Wickenburg, Arizona (AZ).

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in men. In fact, one in six men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer during their lifetime. When detected early, it is also one of the most treatable. If you have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are a number of therapy options available to you ranging from minimally invasive treatments, such as radiation, to state-of-the-art surgical procedures, like the da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy.

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Meet the Providers


Jeffrey A. Stern, MD, FACS

Aaron W. LaTowsky, MD

David J. Kaplan, MD

Chandan Kundavaram, MD

John Mai, MD

Paul M. Papoff, MD, FRCS(C)

Amy Schlaifer, MD


Jennifer Klauschie, MD

Keri Wong, MD


Loren L. Faaborg, MD, FACOG

Advanced Practice Providers:

Tyler W. Chavez, MHS, PA-C

Katie Gillies, MMS, PA-C

Madison Palmer, PA-C

Debbie Sullivan, PhD, RN, PA-C

Jamie Tumbleson, ANP

Areas of Expertise

Prostate Cancer
da Vinci Robotic Surgery
GreenLight Laser
Female Vaginal Prolapse
Erectile Dysfunction
Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

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