GreenLight Laser Surgery Complications
Randy in Richardson

Arlington, TX

#203 Apr 4, 2009
Mike Plano TX wrote:
I had my laser surgery in Jan 2008. I was having trouble urinating and getting up 3 times per night. It took 3 months for the burning to stop after the surgery and I have had numerous urinary tract infections since. The flow was strong for about a month. My bladder was swelling and causing chronic pain, and of course the urologist couldn’t understand how I knew it was my bladder swelling. He has suggested using Detrol to stop what he thinks is bladder spasms. I am now having chronic bladder swelling and pain, frequent urination with very little flow and getting up 2 – 3 times per night.
Who was your surgeon? I am having procedute the 27th. Thanks

Since: Apr 09

Plano, TX

#204 Apr 4, 2009
Randy in Richardson
Send me your email address at [email protected] and I will send you the info.
John

Los Angeles, CA

#205 Apr 7, 2009
I had a green light prostatge surgery on September 2005. My urining was improving after the surgery. but now I have urining difficulty again 4 years later. Beside I have pian in one spot and occasionnally bleeding with clots.
I saw 2 different urologists about the pain, I get no answer. I regret to do the green light surgery
pat in palm harbor

United States

#206 Apr 10, 2009
Joe Manster wrote:
I'm from Orlando, FL and thinking about it. I came across a Dr. Wen Lin in St. Augustine that seems to be extremely qualified and has done over 400 of these with the laser through the end of '06, so he's done even more by now. His web site says the new HPS laser could potentially perforate the bladder so experience is important.
I saw a You Tube video about this and it's more involved than just blasting away the tissue. It definitely looked like this was something that required required more than just run of the mill skill. I definitely would not want someone who wasn't doing these with some experience and frequency of doing this performing this procedure on me.
i had the green light laser surgery in june of 2005 after years of problems due to bph. i was 59 when i had the surgery. for me personally it was the best thing i ever did. i use to get up 2 to 3 times a nite and now only once once in awhile. before i had a lot of trouble getting started , now i have none. i did have some minor problems after the surgery and the dr assured me they would clear up and theyd did. i ha dr paul arnold of palm harbor/clearwater as a surgeon.i,for one am glad i had it done.
ron

AOL

#207 Apr 12, 2009
had greenlight done January 09. Since then my quality of life sucks. My recent problem was the other night when my tract was completely blocked and had to go to the ER. They installed a catherter-pediatricts #8 to help me urinate. That is what they use on children I have nothing but problems from be unable to control my urine flow to total blockage. Every so often some tossue comec out but while I am tempory blocked waiting for it to pass is hell. If your doctor suggect that you get the greenlight get a second or even a third opinopn. I was better off before the proceedure that I am now opinion I could go on but what good would it do. I now have to live with it until I find a solution

Since: Apr 09

Plano, TX

#208 Apr 13, 2009
This info may help some of you. I have had numerous urinary tract infections since my surgery. When my bladder is burning, I am constantly feeling like I have to urinate, and have pain in the small of my back and go to my urologist, he naturally does a urinalysis and says there is no infection????? I go to my Primary Care Phy (PCP) and he does a prostate exam to see if my prostate is sore which it is, he also does a urinalysis to see if there is infection in the urine. He says that a prostate infection may not be seen in a urinalysis. He prescribes cipro for 10 days and all the symptoms go away. I don’t think the Urologist understands that he sealed my prostate off when he did the surgery and there is not any fluid getting out of my prostate and into my urine so it makes since to me that a prostate infection would not show up in the urine. I don’t know why the Urologist doesn’t understand this but all I have to do is call my PCP when I have symptoms and he calls in a prescription that I take and it solves the problems.
Robby

United States

#209 Apr 15, 2009
I am scheduled for the proceedure on the 23 with Jed Kaminetsky at the Gramercy Center in New York. Has anyone had any bad experiences at that center?
Neil in Dallas

Arlington, TX

#210 Apr 19, 2009
I have been taking flomax and proscar for three years for BEP. The urine stream is good, etc. But I do get up a couple of times a night. Recently I had a biopsy (third one). I am 71. No cancer but the doc added Avodart. Now that's three medications. The flomax (I think it's flomax) makes me dizzy and gives me blurred vision. I don't know what the other two do. I don't want to keep taking the meds and the doc suggested Green light surgery. Said it would be an easy ride. But the posts on here don't look like easy rides. Here is my dilemma; Do I keep going with the meds...dizzy, blurred vision, snotty nose, etc., or have the surgery? Should I just leave well enough alone and forget the surgery?
james cupstid

Fayetteville, AR

#211 Apr 27, 2009
[I had the greenlight laser surgery 4 times and I'm still worse now than before the surgery. Dr. Poc didn't warn me of any complications. I wish I had sued the MF. DON'T HAVE THE SURGERY DONE PERIOD!!
james cupstid

Fayetteville, AR

#212 Apr 27, 2009
I had the greenlight surgery 4 times and now I'm worse off than before the surgery. I've had all kinds of complications. Please don't have the surgery unless you want to experience HELL right now. The reason for the 4 surgeries had to do with scar tissue.
Kevin in Cleve area

Erie, PA

#213 Apr 27, 2009
Had green light 1 yr ago this pass march. Most of all of the typical prostate problems are now gone. My problem has been and continues to be in my mind. The exposer and handling of my private areas has left me with deep depression and panic attacks. These doctors lie by omission and for me, one out and out lie. Doctor don't seem to be concerned with the possible mental problems. Mt situation is improved but I don't think I'll EVER get over the mental pain.
Dave

Washington, DC

#214 Apr 28, 2009
Dear Friends,

My urologist told me that I would be completely cured, on the day of my Greenlight Surgery. The surgery was completed on Friday, April 24, 2009.

My surgeon told me that I would be sent home with a catheter and that it could be removed the following day.

Upon completion of the surgery, I was sent home by the discharge nurse with no instructions from my surgeon, as to what I should expect. One nice thing about the recovery, is that i have suffered no pain.

When I saw a few small pieces of bloody human tissue come through my catheter tubing, I called my surgeon. He said that this was perfectly normal and that I should pass small pieces of tissue for several weeks after the surgery. It might have been nice if someone had told me, beforehand.

When the catheter was removed, on the following day, I urinated a few times, but did not pass an adequate amount of fluid. Then everything stopped. Fluid intake was increased, in the hope of promoting urination, but that was not my result. Unfortunately, I began to fill, painfully, with fluid that I could not expel. Upon calling the surgeon, I was instructed to go to the local Emergency Room, to have another catheter inserted (oh joy). The Emergency Room Nurse reported that I was retaining 810 milliliters of fluid. Each nurse that I spoke with told me that this was normal and that it happens to everyone, due to swelling. If this is so normal, why did everyone keep it a secret from me?

From Saturday evening until Monday morning, I wore a painful irritating catheter. Blood from the irritation seemed to gather at the insertion point. This was not the outcome that I was promised.

At approximately midday, on Monday, I was told that the catheter could be removed. Though over the past few days, I had expelled hundreds upon hundreds of milliliters with the catheter, upon it's removal, I could only hope for a light spray, or a steady dip, when it was time to go. To make things worse, frequency increased and having to go was becoming a major part of my day. A good part of Monday night was spent, in the bathroom attending to my frequent dribbling.

On Tuesday, I reached my surgeon by telephone and was told that my body had been through a lot and that it would several weeks for the swelling to subside. When I asked him why he said that I would have instant benefit after the surgery, he said that I did, but that it would take time. NOBODY TOLD ME ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE THE SURGERY. What else have I not been told?

At this time, I can only say that my "Greenlight" surgery has become "Redlight" surgery. Will it work at all? Will I see relief soon? The surgeon that promised a magic, miraculous outcome, has suddenly become extremely conservative, with my prognosis.

At any rate, posting my experience has helped mme to vent a little...oops....time to go to the bathroom AGAIN...

Good Luck to all of you....
Dallas Texas

United States

#215 Apr 29, 2009
The more I see and read about this greenlight surgery the less I like the idea of having it. Maybe the guys that have it and it works out just don't post here. Whatever the case, I think it might make more sense to just keep taking the meds (unpleasant as the side effects are) and only do the surgey as a last resort. I have gotten down to where I am only taking avodart. I was taking Flomax, Proscar, and avodart. I think the flomax helped but didn't like the dizziness and blurry vision.
Anyway, it sounds better than the surgery and its aftermath.
Dave

Washington, DC

#216 Apr 29, 2009
Dear Friends,

Per my previous post, I had the Greenlight Laser Surgery on Friday, April 24, 2009 (5 days ago).

Since about a day or so ago, my urination seems to have taken on a normal flow and empties me a little more than previously.

Frequency and urgency has improved slightly, but is still extremely inconvenient.

On Tuesday, my doctor told me that it could take a few months for the swelling and irritation within my body, to dissipate. I must be hopeful that what he said will occur. It simply makes me mad, that this surgery is sold almost as a magic wand. If I would have been told of the things that I could expect, I would not have been so angry.

Doctors are normally very hesitant to give concrete answers pertaining to a patient's recovery. Why do the doctors promise instant relief, with this surgery?
YOU GOTTA LAUGH

Dallas, TX

#217 Apr 30, 2009
Dave wrote:
Dear Friends,
Per my previous post, I had the Greenlight Laser Surgery on Friday, April 24, 2009 (5 days ago).
Since about a day or so ago, my urination seems to have taken on a normal flow and empties me a little more than previously.
Frequency and urgency has improved slightly, but is still extremely inconvenient.
On Tuesday, my doctor told me that it could take a few months for the swelling and irritation within my body, to dissipate. I must be hopeful that what he said will occur. It simply makes me mad, that this surgery is sold almost as a magic wand. If I would have been told of the things that I could expect, I would not have been so angry.
Doctors are normally very hesitant to give concrete answers pertaining to a patient's recovery. Why do the doctors promise instant relief, with this surgery?
Thanks, Dave, for your honest and to-the-point post. Thanks to it and to others like it, I scheduled a consultation with my doc (who had recommended the greenlight surgery and had minimized the negative consequences. He had said something like, "It's not that big a thing. You come home with a catheter and that comes out in a day or two. The result is definitely worth the inconvenience." (I'm not quoting directly but very closely...that was the message.) Anyway, during the consultation I rescheduled, I pinned him down regarding specific issues and came away with a lot more understanding of the surgery. He was much more forthcoming with the negative info, and as a result, I have postponed the surgery indefinitely and will continue to live with the damned meds....lesser of two evils. Anyway, thanks for the time you took to put that info on here, and thanks to everyone who did the same.
Geoff Frost

Edinburgh, UK

#218 May 7, 2009
Kevin in Cleve area wrote:
Had green light 1 yr ago this pass march. Most of all of the typical prostate problems are now gone. My problem has been and continues to be in my mind. The exposer and handling of my private areas has left me with deep depression and panic attacks. These doctors lie by omission and for me, one out and out lie. Doctor don't seem to be concerned with the possible mental problems. Mt situation is improved but I don't think I'll EVER get over the mental pain.
Oh come on! We've all got wedding tackle and surely it's not that big deal in them being handled by medical staff - imagine what women have to put up with in childbirth etc. I can hardly believe your post and can only assume that you have some sort of psychiatric problem or have led an extremely over-protected life. You've obviously never been in the armed forces. And what's so special about about your private parts for goodness sake? Get a life man and stop simpering like a child about something so absurdly trivial!
Geoff Frost

Glasgow, UK

#219 May 8, 2009
Dallas Texas wrote:
The more I see and read about this greenlight surgery the less I like the idea of having it. Maybe the guys that have it and it works out just don't post here. Whatever the case, I think it might make more sense to just keep taking the meds (unpleasant as the side effects are) and only do the surgey as a last resort. I have gotten down to where I am only taking avodart. I was taking Flomax, Proscar, and avodart. I think the flomax helped but didn't like the dizziness and blurry vision.
Anyway, it sounds better than the surgery and its aftermath.
Just to reassure some of the more negative (of which I understand) comments, it is almost one year since I had greenlight surgery. I had slight discomfort for the first few months but nothing desperate. Although my flow had greatly improved I was still getting up a few times during the night. Apparently this is due to the bladder still thinking it has a problem and I was told it would get better.

Well, I can only say that I'm now free of those nightly excursions and sleep all through the night without any problems and without any Flomax etc. Overall I now don't even think about my prostate and can pee as good as a 20yr old (I'm 66yr) It's wonderful to be able to go out for long periods without worrying where the nearest toilet might be. It's great to stand near to a youngster in public toilets and often finish my pee first! Before my surgery I used to go into toilet cubicles because my flow was so bad and I would feel embarrassed standing for ages at urinals. Greenlight has changed my life for the better and I would heartily recommend it, despite knowing that others have had problems.

Obviously you will have a great deal more of greenlight failures or complaints on these pages because people don't always bother to report when things go right. Best wishes to all those who are suffering and I hope your problems will soon cease.
PaulThe doctor

Jacksonville, FL

#220 May 9, 2009
I had greenlight surgery done in February,I still have all kinds of problems.I have ongoing urinary tract infections,can not performe,and was never told that this would happen.My quality of life has changed,and now am have a law firm seeking MAL Practice suit sinc i am only 58 years old and right now 2 doctors have told us that from what they saw inside of me with the cameras,i will continue to have problems.I hope i never see this doctor outside the hospital grounds
Dave

Washington, DC

#221 May 10, 2009
Dear Friends,
Per my earlier posts, I had Greenlight Surgery on April 24. At this time, my flow has become much closer to normal and I do not have so many worries about frequency.
It is still necessary for me to stick with 2 of my three medications. It was recommended that I stop taking Avodart, but I continue to require Bethenacol and Uroxatral. Without them, frequency and flow return to unacceptable levels.
Unfortunately, I will still sometimes awake twice each night for bathroom trips. Fortunately, I have had several nights where I have slept all night, without incident and these nights seem to be on the rise.
My doctor tells me that it may take a few months for the swelling to completely subside and for things to completely normalize. It is my hope that this is a good prognosis and that I may eventually abandon all meds.
It is my belief that I made the right decision, by opting for this surgery. My only complaint is that this surgery was sold as a quick fix and that does not appear to be the case for most of us.
Good Luck To All Of You,
Michael Maia

Nicosia, Cyprus

#222 May 11, 2009
I had Green Light surgery on 16th April in London under Mr Muir. For the first 3 weeks I experienced no bleeding but I now bleed every time I pass water. There is no pain however. Urgency is greater but my streem is better. I get up at night at least once but average twice.

The urgency is a big issue and Im fearful of getting caught short one day. I have come very close on several occasions.

I also experience an abnormally great number of bowel movements. Average 4 a day since my operation. Has anyone experienced this?

I am told that the bleeding may last 6-8 weeks. Let's see.

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