Has anyone had the "Green Light" laser option for BPH, and if so with what results?

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After my post, I did some quick research. I have no idea if the 'green light' option is the same or similar to the one that my urologist had suggested when I first started seeing him or not, but I thought I'd inquire abouit it here. Let me know if anyone out there has had this done and what your thoughts are on it. Thanks. 

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    I had the green light laser surgery last December. The risks identified on the consent form were bleeding, infection, incontinence, retrograde ejaculation, and impotence.

    I had a spinal anaesthetic and was kept in hospital overnight. The catheter was taken out in the morning and after peeing twice I was allowed to go home. I was warned to take things easy to allow my body to recover, and look out for signs of infection. I felt remarkably OK, with just some mild discomfort when urinating. I was able to walk around, go to the shops, and carry on pretty much as usual. I went back to work after 2 weeks and at a check up with my consultant after 19 days I asked if it would be OK to ride my bike and was told there was no reason why I should not do anything I wanted to.

    I did succumb to an infection which was sorted out with antibiotics and bleeding stopped after 4 - 5 weeks. Now, after 4 months, everything is working normally. No problems with incontinence, retrograde ejaculation, or impotence. My flow is stronger now than I can ever remember. I have been advised that there is a 1 in 10 chance of a recurrence of the problem, but then there is a 9 in 10 chance that there won’t. I am very pleased with the results.

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    I had GL done about 6 months ago. Due to slow flow. and BPH.

    Diagnosed by digital and cystoscopy.

    Recovery was a bit more than I expected.

    Spinal anesthetic.

    Go home in a few hours

    Cather remained in place 'till next morning when it was removed by Nurse in Dr's Office

    Lots of getting up from Television to visit the Toilet

     Quite a bit of tenderness on passing water. 

    Wearing a pad was a nuisance but once the skill is aquired, it's OK.

    Blood and clots passing water for about 10 days.

    Pain when passing water.

    Never did have a night urgency before surgery. still don't 

    Result:

    One set of meds done away with.

    I find no change in flow. 

    Still get urgency while sitting in frontof TV but not at night.

    Had a subsequent cystoscopy a week ago and Dr. said "just give it a little more time."

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    Twenty years ago I had a TURP with terrible results.  I bled for 19 days and was incontinent for 4-5 months before I regained control.  It seemed my sphincter muscles were damaged in that TURP.  I don't blame the operation as much as I do the surgeon. (I could be wrong but I don't think so.  Anyway, that was 20 years ago.)

    I had the green light laser done last Thursday, April 7.  My biggest fear was this time it might be permanent incontinence because my laser surgeon noticed my sphincter muscles were less than great to the point that he, on his own, gave me a referral to a pelvic retraining center.

    At any rate, the operation:  Took around 1 hour or so on outpatient basis.  Went home on Thursday the 7th with a cath.  Cath removed this past Monday.  Couldn't pee more than a dribble and had to bear down for that.

    Today, Wednesday the 13th of April, I woke up and had 2 MAN SIZED UNFORCED PEES!

    NO INCONTINENCE!  I have complete control.  I credit my surgeon for being very careful around the sphinkter muscles..

    Bleedinding:  Bled for ONE DAY post op. After that urine was clear and light yellow.

    PAIN: none worth mentioning. 

    Tom 

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