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Question
A friend sent me info on a laser procedure for
prostate
    called transurethral resection of the prostate  (TURP)
Green Light laser.  (quote)      "Creating a new standard of
care for treating enlarged prostate"
      Can you tell me anything about this?
         Thanks    Dick2vmiy4

Answer
Dick:

The procedure uses a laser to vaporize the tissue as opposed to the traditional TURP where the tissue is cut with an electricity based knife.  The traditional TURP can be used on almost any size or shape prostate and gives good tissue samples for pathological examination, but it tends to have more bleeding and may require a few days in the hospital after the surgery.  The laser TURP or "Greenlight Laser TURP" has the advantage of less bleeding and less time in the hospital, but it is slower and may irritate the surrounding tissue more.  It cannot be done on every prostate especially if there is any unusual shapes and there is also no tissue available for pathology to review.  

The decision on which one of these is best for any individual depends on the specifics of each case, the experience of the surgeon and the availability of the equipment.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

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Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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