St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Green Light Laser Surgery at St Andrew’s Ipswich

St Andrew’s Ipswich welcomed Green Light Laser surgery in 2012. Also known as Photo-selective Vaporisation of the Prostate, this procedure utilises a state-of-the-art green light laser in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP). This procedure is associated with fewer side effects and facilitates quicker recovery rates than traditional surgery. BHP or enlargement of the prostate is a common medical problem experienced by older men. It can lead to troublesome urinary symptoms including:

  • A weak or slow urinary stream
  • A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Urgency to urinate
  • Getting up frequently at night to urinate
  • An incomplete urinary stream
  • Straining to urinate and
  • Continued dribbling of urine

Greenlight Laser Surgery assists in the treatment of BHP by vaporising enlarged prostate tissue that prohibits correct urine flow from the bladder. The procedure utilises high power laser energy which is absorbed by the blood within prostate tissue. Energy absorption facilitates vaporisation of the targeted tissue and opens the constricted passage to improve urinary flow.

This procedure is often referred to as ‘bloodless therapy’ as the Green Light Laser seals blood vessels beneath the area of vaporisation; resulting in significantly less bleeding compared to traditional surgery methods involving transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

Which patients are suitable for Green Light Laser Therapy?

Green Light Laser therapy is suitable for patients not responding to medication and where surgical intervention is required. Initially, most patients are prescribed prostate medication; surgical intervention is explored if symptoms progress. Patients are also eligible to receive Green Light Laser therapy if complications from their prostate enlargement present; such as bladder infection, bladder stones, renal retention or kidney failure. Green Light Laser therapy is advantageous for patients prescribed anticoagulation medications.

How is Green Light Laser Therapy performed?

Green Light Laster Therapy at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital is performed by an accredited Urological Surgeon. The procedure requires an inpatient stay with anaesthetic. Upon the administration of anaesthetic a special camera is passed through the urinary opening of the penis into the urethra, prostate and bladder. No cuts or incisions are required for this procedure. The Green Light Laser fibre is passed through the scope; the laser then vaporises the enlarged tissue. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours; depending on the size of the prostate. Following vaporisation, a catheter will be inserted through the penis; to assist with urine drainage from the bladder.

What will I expect after the procedure?

The catheter will be removed within 24 hours post procedure when normal urine flow is established. It is normal to note a small amount of blood within the urine post procedure which will disappear after a few days. Patients can return to normal activities and work within 4-5 days post procedure.

Are there any complications?

Green Light Laser therapy has demonstrated fewer complications than traditional prostate surgical treatments and promotes decreased length of patient stay. Common to all prostate surgery methods, patients who receive Green Light Laser therapy may experience sexual side effects such as retrograde ejaculation. In rare instances, erectile dysfunction may occur with 1% of patients experiencing difficulty. Less than 1% of patients experience scar tissue accumulation in the urethra.

Is Green Light Laser therapy covered by private health insurance?


Who performs Green Light Laser Therapy at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital?

Dr Ahmad Ali, Dr Wes Hii and Dr Hee Soo Teng, Urological Surgeons, are accredited Green Light Laser providers at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital. General practitioner referral is required.

Dr Ahmad Ali
Roderick House
11 Roderick Street
Ipswich QLD 4305
Phone: 07 3812 4388

Dr Wes Hii
Roderick House
11 Roderick Street
Ipswich QLD 4305
Phone: 07 3812 4388

Dr Hee Soo Teng
Roderick House
11 Roderick Street
Ipswich QLD 4305
Phone: 07 3812 4388