Greenlight PVP Laser Prostate Surgery

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What is Greenlight PVP?

Before the GreenLight PVP Laser Procedure, patients were forced to choose between an effective, yet invasive surgery (TURP), and heat therapies that were less invasive but maybe not as effective for all patients. The GreenLight PVP Laser Procedure (Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate) offers a unique and simple solution to BPH because it combines the effectiveness of TURP, the surgical "gold standard" with the safety, comfort and ease of a minimally invasive treatment. The GreenLight PVP Laser Procedure uses a very high powered laser to immediately vaporize and precisely remove enlarged prostate tissue. Most patients return home a few short hours after the procedure and can return to normal, non-strenuous activities within days. Monterey Bay Urology Associates were the first urologists in the Monterey Bay area to use the Greenlight PVP laser, and have performed over 300 successful laser prostate surgeries. Click here to make an appointment with one of our urologists or call (831-728-4227) to speak to one of our bilingual office staff.

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What Can I Expect Before and After Greenlight PVP?

The information below was designed to help you prepare for your GreenLight procedure and recovery period by reviewing some of the key pre and post-procedure instructions your doctor will likely advise you to follow. It is important to remember, however, that each patient is unique, and, therefore, your physician may provide you with additional or different instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact your doctor.

Pre-Procedure - Patient Instructions

Post-Procedure - Patient Instructions




You may need a catheter to drain your bladder, depending upon how much swelling you experience after the procedure. Catheters generally are removed within 24 hours. Do not disconnect the catheter from the drainage bag unless directed by a doctor. Wash around the catheter with soap and water and rinse well.

Diet and Fluid


Do not strain when having a bowel movement. Expect irregular bowel habits until fully recovered. Increase fiber in your diet. You may need a stool softener or laxative during the first two weeks of your recovery.

Expected Signs and Symptoms

When to call your doctor

Please call the office immediately if any of the following symptoms appear: