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Understanding the GreenLightTM Difference

GreenLightTM Laser Therapy has been increasingly performed as an alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP),1 with several studies demonstrating comparable results with fewer side effects and complications.2

The difference is in the technology.

GreenLightTM uses laser light—not a knife or thermal/electrical energy—to precisely remove tissue.1 The laser vaporization minimizes blood loss,2 so it is suitable for patients who take medications to thin their blood or prevent blood clotting.3

When compared with the reported complications for other minimally invasive procedures, GreenLightTM reports4:

  • Less need for retreatment
  • Fewer patients need re-catheterization after the procedure
  • Fewer patients go home catheterized
  • Fewer sexual side effects

Furthermore, cost analyses have shown GreenLightTM to be less costly than traditional surgery,5 so it’s no wonder patients and doctors alike are choosing this user-friendly6 procedure.


  1. Bachmann A, Eure G, Gonzalez R, et al. Surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia: comparing electrovaporization and photo-selective vaporization of the prostate. Urology Times. 2010;(suppl):2-11.
  2. Eure G, Gonzalez R, Alivizatos G, Malloy T, Sandhu J. Creating a new standard of care for BPH: a standardized approach to photoselective vaporization of the prostate using GreenLight HPS Laser Therapy. Urology Times. 2009;(suppl):2-11.
  3. Van Hest P, D’Ancona F. The management of benign prostatic hyperplasia: update in minimal invasive therapy in benign prostatic hyperplasia. Minerva Urol Nefrol. 2009;61:257-268.
  4. Choi B, Tabatabaei S, Bachmann A, et al. GreenLight HPS 120-W laser for benign prostatic hyperplasia: comparative complications and technical recommendations. Eur Urol. 2008; 7(suppl):384-392.
  5. Stafinski T, Menon D, Harris K, et al. Photoselective vaporization of the prostate for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. CUAJ. 2008;2:124-134.
  6. Malek R, Nahen K. Photoselective vaporization of the prostate: KTP laser therapy of obstructive benign prostatic hyperplasia. AUA Update Series, Lesson 20. 2004;23:154-159.