The benign growth of the male prostate gland is called "benign prostatic hypertrophy" in medical circles, in short, BPH. In our clinic, we treat BPH with medication as well as with various procedures. Of these, the new Greenlightlaser and here, in particular, the new Greenlight Powerlaser is extremely important. Our Clinic for Prostate Therapy is considered to be the pioneer in Germany for treatment methods using the Greenlightlaser and, by now, can produce treatment numbers that no other medical institution in Germany can.
The Greenlightlaser uses light at a wave length of 532 nm (nanometer, one-billionth of a meter). This has the advantage that green light is ideally absorbed by the red blood vessels and blood-rich tissue. This absorption of light leads to a sudden, explosion-like absorption of energy, and the irradiated tissue evaporates without any blood leaks. Physicians refer to this as photoselective vaporization of the prostate. The Greenlightlaser therefore becomes a highly precise 'light scalpel' in the hands of the surgeon. Urine will flow freely again immediately after the ablation of the tissue, the urine flow is strong and the bladder can be emptied again without any problems. The treatment is practically bloodless, and the patient can leave the clinic after a one to two-day inpatient stay.
At the Heidelberg Clinic for Prostate Therapy, approximately 150 to 200 patients per year are treated with the green laser. The Greenlight Power Laser HPS (High Performance System) has been in use at the Clinic for Prostate Therapy since the beginning of 2007. HPS is a second-generation device that was replaced at the end of 2010 by the even more powerful 180-watt XPS laser. Several hundred patients have already benefited from the new technology. The optimized laser has a power output of 180 watts and can remove even more tissue from the prostate.
With most treatment methods, the energy penetrates deeply into the tissue, causing swelling and edema. The energy of the Greenlightlaser, however, only penetrates the prostate very superficially. This means that more intense, irritative symptoms are avoided and the patient is able to recover more quickly. Many treatments leave a great deal of tissue behind and cause the prostate to only become a little smaller. For this reason, the symptoms often recur after only a relatively short period of time. The advantage of the Greenlightlaser lies in the fact that it immediately and bloodlessly evaporates the tissue. Opening the urethra causes a strong flow of urine, and the bladder can be emptied again without problems.