This new laser treatment – known as Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) – combines the effectiveness of an invasive surgical procedure with the safety and ease of a minimally invasive procedure.

An enlarged prostate affects over 14 million men each year in the United States.

PVP removes excess prostate tissue using a patented high-power green light laser. The laser energy quickly vaporizes and precisely removes the enlarged prostate tissue in a virtually bloodless procedure. This allows even patients on bloodthinner therapy, such as aspirin or coumadin, to be treated. Furthermore, we are able to treat very large prostate glands – that are not amenable to other current procedures and usually require an open surgical approach.

PVP removes excess tissue so urinary symptoms are rapidly relieved, accompanied by a dramatic improvement in natural urine flow. Most patients are released in less than 24 hours, and in many cases without a catheter. Recovery time is short and comfortable, side effects are minimal.

What actually happens?
Once the patient is anesthetized, the doctor inserts a thin fiber into the urethra through a cystoscope, an instrument that allows the doctor to examine the bladder and prostate. The fiber delivers green laser energy that quickly vaporizes and precisely removes enlarged prostate tissue. The doctor is able to safely view and control the treatment area, tailoring it to your individual anatomy and needs.

Because the tissue is vaporized and removed, a wide-open channel is created. Natural urine flow is immediately restored and urinary symptoms are relieved quickly.

The PVP laser procedure has been proven safe, effective and durable in clinical studies conducted over a five-year period. Thousands of PVP procedures have been successfully performed and Massachusetts General Hospital is now offering this breakthrough treatment to men who suffer from an enlarged prostate.

What are the benefits of laser surgery?

  • Immediate symptom relief.
  • Urine flow improves dramatically after virtually bloodless procedure.
  • Patients are typically catheter free within 24 hours – many immediately after the procedure.
  • Patients are able to return to their ordinary daily activities in 2-3 days.