GreenLight Laser Surgery Complications

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Ken

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#428
Mar 5, 2010
 
I was scheduled for thi surgery and after reading the comments on this web site cancelled the surgery. Am now looking at alternatives as well as seeking feedback from my urologist/surgeon on the number of laser light surgeries he has performed and whether or not I can get feedback from his patients
Bill in Ohio

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#429
Mar 6, 2010
 
KEN,

If you don't do the laser, I would never recommend the microwave surgery. I had it done and had zero results after 30 minutes of torture. I fired that surgeon.

My greenlight surgery was very succesful and I have no post-surgery problems. It has now been five months.

I know there are some scary reports on here and am sorry for the guys that had a bad experience.

After reading all the negatives reports I went ahead and had the greenlight done anyway because my thinking was that I would find a very experienced surgeon,(and I did). and I was in perfect health except of course my prostate. I think those two things are very important for a succesful outcome. I am 76 years old.

The best of luck in whatever you do
Ron

Los Angeles, CA

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#430
Mar 6, 2010
 
I agree with Bill. Forget the microwave. I tolerated the procedure okay, but the next 5 days were awful and the improvement was zero. It seemed like it was a risk free approach, but it was an expensive waste of time.

I had PVP on Feb. 3, 2010 (33 days ago). I had a catheter for a little more than a day. I had a little trouble with control the first day, but after that everything was fine. No serious pain, just a little burning for a couple of days. I had it done on a Wed. afternoon and went back to work on the following Monday. After about two weeks I started experiencing pain in my groin and bleeding. Saw the Dr. and found I had an infection. After 10 days of levaquin, I feel better, but I still have bleeding when I start to urinate. I get up about once or twice during the night, but Iím expecting that to improve. The best part is when I go, itís a gusher! Iím done in 5 seconds instead of the 2 or 3 minutes it used to take.

I recommend this to anyone who is suffering from BPH. Make sure you have confidence in your Dr. and if possible talk to some of his patients. My Dr. gave me names and numbers.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences. It helped me to not be surprised by anything that comes along during the healing process. I was nervous from reading some them, but the opportunity for an improved life convinced me to do it. Iím glad to be done with Hytrin and Saw Palmetto after years of watchful waiting.
John N Manchester CT

Manchester, CT

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#431
Mar 8, 2010
 

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I've had the procedure twice. In the summer of June 2009, I had the first and with very good result. No catheter needed. I did bleed for about 3 to 4 weeks, had some "interesting" sensations when urinating (felt like an orgasm that doesn't happen). I didn't have retrograde ejaculation. I had a very good strong urine stream and enjoyed peeing like a teenager again.
About six months after the surgery, the flow lessened and went back to worse than it was before the first procedure. My doctor said the 3rd lobe was now enlarged and blocking the flow. I think that maybe this 3rd lobe was not enlarged at all during the first procedure,thus no need to PVP it?
I had the second procedure 4 weeks ago. It went well, no catheter this time either.(I think my doctor may not use them??) and I went home same day. I've had some bleeding for about 3 weeks and it stopped last week. Still some "intensity" when I urinate, but it's ok. Now, though, I do have retrograde ejaculation also. I knew that going into it that it was a possible outcome, but I just didn't want to have to take prostate meds (and never have so far). I'm 59.
Overall, I would have to rate my experience as "good". I'm disappointed by the retrograde, but the trade-off for a strong urine stream and alleviating the symptoms is worth it to me.
I'll report back in a few months, I'm hoping I don't see the scar tissue that many of you guys have reported. Also, on the anti-biotics...in the hospital each time, they gave me an IV of anti-biotic just before and during the procedure. I didn't take any antibiotics afterward.
I agree also about watching activity levels..I think that can increase the bleeding and healing time needed if you stress too soon. I think if I had waited longer after the first time, I wouldn't have had the bleeding (and clots) for as long.
Finally, watch the meds afterwards! Get some metamucil because one of them (I think Datrol, but I'm not sure)can really make your stool like a rock. The last thing you want to do is have to push and exert trying to go to the bathroom! I quit that med right away when I became really constipated.
Thanks to you guys for sharing, it helped me and I'm sharing mine too.
Bill from NC

Clayton, NC

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Mar 16, 2010
 
I had my Greenlight surgery mid Oct 09 and everthing seems fine now, I'm not getting up 3-5 times a night and my stream is strong. I'm experiancing unrine leakage every now and then especially when I'm aroused before sex and sometimes during. Has anyone have this issue? I'm disappointed that my erections are not like they were before the surgery, does anyone have this problem, if so any suggestions? Tried Viagra, and the others to maintain erections but they're not working as well as before the surgery. Quality of life has decreased with this along with the retrograde ejaculations which are not as intensed as before. I feel at the age of 52 I'm too young to have this problem and maybe should have taken an alternative solution. I have an appointment in a few weeks, hopefully my doctor can help me with this however in the meantime has anyone had rehab for leakage, if so, has it worked. Please respond!
Greg

Richmond, VA

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#433
Mar 23, 2010
 
I had the surgery five weeks ago today. I had all of the problems reported until one week ago, when, just as my doctor predicted, everything improved. For the past week, I'm back to normal, everything functioning very well, and sleeping through the night without interuption. So I'm now very pleased with the result. From what I have read, everyone's recovery time is different. For some, it takes weeks and even months, but most of those with whom I've talked who have had the procedure are very pleased. As with all surgery, the surgeon is an important factor, I'm sure.
Dave

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#434
Mar 27, 2010
 
Bruce wrote:
I had the Green Light procedure 65 days ago and am continuing to deal with complications. The doctor says I am emptying my bladder, but I still have frequent trips to the bathroom. There is even less warning than before and the urgency is greater than before the procedure. The amount of urine is less than before the procedure. Also about six weeks after surgery I stopped ejaculating and my organism are less intense. The first six weeks were quite painful. Perhaps I amy the unfortunate case, but this was far more complex and risky than I was led to believe. I'd look at other options if I could go back.
I had it done in 2007 and I have not had the erection problem, but I am only having retro ejaculation, with some pre semen, but the feeling is almost the same. Still go to thge bathroom just as much as before,but am able to last longer, I wish I never had the surgery but where I had it done (Montana) that is one of the top surgeries for men in that state. I am able to masterbate and have sex with the wife(she is glad no seman) I am not. Thanks for the time.
Dave

Kearney, NE

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Mar 27, 2010
 
David wrote:
Planning on having Green light surgery in two months. Has anyone had experience with Dr. Richard R Vanderslice at Hilton Head Island Hospital,SC?
Please share your experience if you have.
I do not know this Doctor but I had it done in 2007 and I wish I had not. I have nmot heard any one say ity would be good, with the urination problem after the surgery. I do not know how old you are but I was62 and I have had no change for the problem. Plus they do not tell you the truth when it comes to the male ejaculation problem (there is no ejaculation) Thanks for the time.
Dave

Kearney, NE

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Mar 27, 2010
 
Hank in Northern Cal wrote:
I am (was) scheduled for a Greenlight PVP surgery in a few weeks, but, after reading all the info here and elsewhere, I am chickening out and will postpone it until I am more desperate.
I have been taking Flowmax and Proscar for several years but not have much effect hence the scheduled surgery. My doctor (in Kaiser) has recently added Ditropan, which seems to be improving my situation drastically although it gives me other side effects. If Ditropan continue to improve my situation (frequency and urgency) I will cancel the surgery.
I did not see anyone mention taking Ditropan and I wonder why didn't my doctor prescribe it to me earlier if it works so well (other than the side effects). Can anyone here offer any comments on Ditropan?
I weas on Ditropan and all the opther so called drugs to help withj the urination problem, not helped and side effects were worse then the urine problem. The last one I took was after the surgery because I was still going just as if there was no surgery it was Advadrt, this made me sweel up since I could not even crap, the doctor gave me a colonscopy and could not even complete it. No answer just a retry at a later time. I stopped taking the Advadart and 3 days later I was going to the bathroom with no problem. Colonscopy redone and no problem. I still have the same problems as before the surgery.
Bill from Ohio

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#437
Mar 27, 2010
 
TO THOSE ABOVE WHO ARE CONSIDERING GREENLIGHT SURGERY'

I am 76 and had Greenlight 6 months ago. It took about a month for my bladde muscles to return because I waited too long for surgery and went into retention. Because of that the doc only gave me a 20% chance that my bladder muscles would come back. They did come back and now everything is working well and I only get up once a night. I have s strong stream and my bladder empties. I do have retrogade
ejaculation which everyone should expect to have.

For me Greenlight was the right thing to do. I think certain factors play into making the right decision to use this procedure.

1. BE IN GOOD HEALTH OTHERWISE.

2.DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU END UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM, IT MAY RUIN YOUR BLADDER MUSCLES AND PROBABLY WILL.

3.PICK A SURGEON WHO HAS DONE THIS AT LEAST A HUNDRED TIMES.

If your surgeon has any doubts about your bladder muscles being weak have him put your cat below your belly button at the bottom of the bladder so you can monitor it so you will know when the muscles return. Thats what I did.

Good Luck
Jim from NC

Monroe, NC

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Mar 28, 2010
 
Hi from Charlotte, NC. I am 49 and I've had trouble since high school. It finally got so bad that I was straining to pee and visited the urologist. He diagnosed me very quickly (cystoscope and rectal ultrasound) as having a problem with the median lobe protruding towards the bladder. He says the prostate is normal size (27g - good news) and he says I don't have very much lateral pressure on the urethra as is usually found with BPH, but Flomax does help me a lot although he says it will won't help with this median lobe problem. So, I don't really understand how it helps at all.

Anyway I am scheduled for Greenlight PVP in 3 days and here is my question: Should I have him focus only on the middle lobe, or also widen the urethra through the entire prostate?

He says it's up to me. He says more widening will give me an even stronger stream, but I will probably have retrograde (which I really don't want).

It seems to me the more he does, the longer the recovery time and the greater the risks??

But, I have heard retrograde is a bladder neck repair problem, which is what I have, so I don't know why he is telling me this.

I realize I am throwing out a lot of stuff here, but I need some quick answers if anyone knows.

What would you do if you were me?
charles

New York, NY

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Mar 28, 2010
 
Jim from NC wrote:
Hi from Charlotte, NC. I am 49 and I've had trouble since high school. It finally got so bad that I was straining to pee and visited the urologist. He diagnosed me very quickly (cystoscope and rectal ultrasound) as having a problem with the median lobe protruding towards the bladder. He says the prostate is normal size (27g - good news) and he says I don't have very much lateral pressure on the urethra as is usually found with BPH, but Flomax does help me a lot although he says it will won't help with this median lobe problem. So, I don't really understand how it helps at all.
Anyway I am scheduled for Greenlight PVP in 3 days and here is my question: Should I have him focus only on the middle lobe, or also widen the urethra through the entire prostate?
He says it's up to me. He says more widening will give me an even stronger stream, but I will probably have retrograde (which I really don't want).
It seems to me the more he does, the longer the recovery time and the greater the risks??
But, I have heard retrograde is a bladder neck repair problem, which is what I have, so I don't know why he is telling me this.
I realize I am throwing out a lot of stuff here, but I need some quick answers if anyone knows.
What would you do if you were me?
I had developed severe obstructive symptoms over a period of 25 years and had a "giant median lobe", according to my urologist. My surgery was in September 2009. Just the median lobe was removed and I have had excellent results without retrograde. The key is the experience/competence of the surgeon. Once you believe that you have found a competent surgeon who is experienced with this procedure, I would advise leaving the rest of the decisions to him.
Jack

Pompano Beach, FL

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Mar 29, 2010
 
Who are the top Greenlight laser urologists in the Wash, DC area including Md & northern, Va. that have had satisfied patients who had enlarged median lobes at the bladder neck?
Bill rom Ohio

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#441
Mar 30, 2010
 
JACK:

Go to this website and you can locate the most experinced Green light surgeons in your area. This is where I found mine.

http://www.greenlighthps.com/consumers/index....
Jim from NC

Monroe, NC

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#442
Apr 2, 2010
 
My first update. Had the operation 2 days ago, I removed catheter after 48 hrs. Was nervous about whether I could pee, but it was truly amazing. Like never before.

No real pain, just discomfort from the tube.

However, I am prepared for possible complications so I won't say it was successful until I am healed or one month passes.
Jim from Ontario

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#443
Apr 3, 2010
 
I had my surgery 2 and a 1/2 months ago and am 53. I had little consultation after my cystoscopy and wasn't repaired for all the side effects stated in this article. I especially am upset about the retro ejaculation. Now I read I might have to do it again if the next cystoscopy shows scarring. I see my surgeon on April 22nd and am not very optimisic. My surgeon is not too experienced in this as the hospital in Windsor ( Metropolitan) has only had this surgery scheduled since last fall. My dad had the TURP surgery with this surgeon so I felt safe. Big mistake. To those contemplating it get all the facts and find an eperience surgeon. Good Luck
Bill from Ohio

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Apr 4, 2010
 
TO ALL:

CK:

Go to this website and you can locate the most experinced AND RECCOMENDED Green light surgeons in your area. tYPE IN YOUR ZIP CODE. This is where I found mine.

http://www.greenlighthps.com/consumers/index ....
Jim from NC

Monroe, NC

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#445
Apr 5, 2010
 
Yes, the Doctor is the single most important choice. The Dr. who operated on me has done @120 of these and has a stellar reputation. You MUST ask because this is certainly a delicate procedure.
Rob

North Charleston, SC

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#446
Apr 5, 2010
 
Had the laser surgery 6 months ago. The stream is better and the frequency is less (1-2 times a night still) but there still is pain with urination, urgency, retrograde ejaculation, much less intense orgasms, and difficulty retaining an erection long enough for either me or my wife to finish. Looking to get a second opinion for some help. Dr. Kubinski in charleston, s.c. was my doctor. Take the pills!
John V

Portland, OR

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#447
Apr 7, 2010
 
Hi RJS.

Who is S.T., MD in Miami?
RJS Miami Florida wrote:
To those with bad PVP Green Light outcomes: It depends critically on the competency of the surgeon. Here one friend had PVP Green Light done by an incompetent practitioner and went through hell. The ablation was incorrectly done, causing failure of re-epithelialization on one side of the urethral wall. All doctors are not created equal! Other friends who have gone to S.T., MD in Miami and to the Mayo Clinic (inventor of the procedure) for Green Light treatment have had outstanding results.

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