PVP (Photo-Selective Vaporization of the Prostate)
Also known as:
Greenlight HPS, Greenlight PV, Laser Prostatectomy, Laser TURP

A new advance in laser prostate surgery and an alternative to traditional prostate surgery (TURP) for enlarged prostates
Dr. Tertzakian, Dr. Greenberger, and Dr. Pearce are proud to offer their patients this exciting new  form of treatment of BPH.

Dr. Garo M. Tertzakian MD
Dr. Matthew L. Greenberger MD
Dr. William F. Pearce MD

Associated Urologists of Orange County

Doctors specializing in Urology with expertise in incontinence, bladder suspension ("bladder lift") and urethral sling procedures, kidney stones, no needle no scalpel vasectomy, vasectomy reversal orange county, laparoscopy and laparoscopic kidney and prostate surgery, prostate diseases including prostate cancer and enlarged prostate (BPH), cryoablation (or cryotherapy) of prostate and kidney, robotic (da Vinci) prostate surgery. Associated Urologists of Orange County strive to be the best urology doctors in the Orange County area.  Urologists upholding AUA Best Practice Guidelines.

Adult and pediatric urology, urologic surgery, in Orange County, California
serving Anaheim, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

Our office accepts most major insurance including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Pacificare, United Health, Medicare.

The information on this site is solely for purposes of general patient education, and may not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your own physician for evaluation and treatment of your specific condition.

1801 N Broadway, Santa Ana, California 92706
Phone:  (714) 639-1915

PVP (Photo-Selective Vaporization of the Prostate) is performed with the KTP laser by Laserscope(Greenlight HPS or Greenlight PVP).  This laser treatment of the prostate is a new, minimally invasive surgical technique for treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or enlargement of the prostate. Greenlight HPS utilizes a specially designed laser light source and fiber optic delivery system developed by Laserscope in concert with researchers from the Mayo Clinic and other institutions around the world. The PVP procedure combines the immediate symptom relief and the dramatic flow rate improvements of the current "gold standard" procedure (called TURP or Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate) with minimal side effects, fast operative and recovery times, and usually no need for a catheter after surgery.
No other BPH treatment option has been shown to clinically provide such dramatic and immediate symptom relief while concurrently providing significant uroflow results and minimal, if any, side-effects. The PVP technique is a fast, outpatient treatment that will satisfy both the subjective (symptom relief) and objective (uroflowometry results) outcomes of a successful BPH treatment. Other minimally invasive BPH treatment options (such as TUMT, microwave, TUNA, thermotherapy) require compromises to be made by the patient and/or the physician. With PVP, there are no compromises, patient's symptoms are drastically reduced and flow rates are significantly improved.

The PVP procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, typically a hospital or surgical center, with average operative times normally less then 60 minutes. The Greenlight HPS and GreenLight PV surgical laser system, which are used to perform the KTP laser PVP treatment, delivers laser light pulses through a specially designed fiber optic delivery device that is inserted through a standard cystoscope. The light pulses are directed towards the prostate tissue. The laser quickly vaporizes and removes the prostatic obstruction without significant bleeding.

Once the procedure is completed, patients have immediate post-operative symptom relief and dramatic improvements in symptoms, urinary flow rates, and bladder emptying. Long-term follow-up data from a Mayo Clinic study indicate that these dramatic improvements have been durable for approximately a 5-year follow-up period.

Post-operative side effects, if any, have been minimal and transient. Patients usually feel well within several days of the procedure, but full recovery can take several weeks.  Some blood in the urine is common during the recovery process.  This is harmless, and rarely requires treatment.  It is common to have decreased fluid with ejaculation after this or any prostate surgery, since the prostate is the gland which makes the fluid portion of the ejaculate.  Changes in ejaculation are less with PVP than with TURP. 

Because the PVP does not cause deep tissue damage and tissue is effectively removed, some patients are sent home without catheter insertion. Others are sent home with catheters that are removed within 24 hours after treatment.

After having performed hundreds of PVP procedures, and based on the excellent clinical results and very high patient satisfaction, Associated Urologists of Orange County are firmly convinced that PVP is a major advancement in the surgical treatment of the enlarged prostate.
BPH, or enlarged prostate
Prostate enlargement causing blockage of urine flow
Associated Urologists of Orange County
In a Minimally Invasive Way