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What are the differences between TURP and laser surgery?

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In brief: TURP vs laser TUVP

Main differences occur with the surgeon's experience.
Both procedures (mandated by insurers) must be scheduled/performed on an "outpt" basis, and may leave you with a foley catheter for ~ 1 week. Reports suggest longer post-operative discomfort following laser tuvp. Also, no tissue is typically obtained for review with a laser procedure, unless the surgeon is performing a laser "resection.".

In brief: TURP vs laser TUVP

Main differences occur with the surgeon's experience.
Both procedures (mandated by insurers) must be scheduled/performed on an "outpt" basis, and may leave you with a foley catheter for ~ 1 week. Reports suggest longer post-operative discomfort following laser tuvp. Also, no tissue is typically obtained for review with a laser procedure, unless the surgeon is performing a laser "resection.".
Dr. Stephen Chinn
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In brief: Different Energy

Turp utilizes a curved, electrified wire to slice away pieces of the obstructing tissue.
Laser surgery of the prostate, most commonly greenlight laser, utilizes a particular wavelength of high-intensity focused light to vaporize away the obstructing BPH tissue. Turp is much bloodier and usually requires a night in hospital. Results are similar in experienced hands.

In brief: Different Energy

Turp utilizes a curved, electrified wire to slice away pieces of the obstructing tissue.
Laser surgery of the prostate, most commonly greenlight laser, utilizes a particular wavelength of high-intensity focused light to vaporize away the obstructing BPH tissue. Turp is much bloodier and usually requires a night in hospital. Results are similar in experienced hands.
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