How is a photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) performed?

Marc B. Garnick, MD
Hematology & Oncology
During photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP), also called the GreenLight procedure, the surgeon threads a thin tube called a cystoscope through the urethra into the enlarged prostate. The surgeon then threads a fiber-optic device through the cystoscope to generate high-intensity pulses of light, which simultaneously vaporize the obstructing tissue and cauterize it to reduce bleeding. This creates an enlarged, uniform channel through which urine can flow.

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