The name of the surgical procedure that I am having this morning is called:
TURP Green Light Laser PVP [link]
Clicking on the link will take you to a complete description of this procedure. Below is a summary of GreenLight Laser PVP.
One alternative that has emerged is laser enlarged prostate surgery. Like TURP, the so-called GreenLight PVP Laser Therapy aims to create a channel in the urethra through which men can urinate more freely – but the surgery is considerably less invasive. Instead of cutting tissue out, the newer technique creates the channel by vaporizing the tissue using laser energy. Thus far, almost every study has shown that when done by experienced urologists, the laser enlarged prostate surgery produces results that are equal to those with TURP, but without the severe side effects and risks. It is an outpatient procedure with minimal to no bleeding, no risk of fluid absorption, and catheterization only overnight, if at all.
4:30AM - Woke up early
I'd set my iPod alarm to go off at 4:45am. But I woke up at 3:20am. Just a bit too nervous to go back to sleep. So, here I am blogging to you! I had not intended to blog this morning. But blogging relaxes me.
1:30PM - Back with MsTioga!
A nurse just wheeled me out of John Muir Hospital in a wheel chair. I am back with MsTioga! The first thing that I did was to crank up Mr. Wave-6, our catalytic heater. It is cold and rainy outside! Then I prepared a nice salad with tuna and cottage cheese. I am hungry! Had not eaten since yesterday afternoon!
So far I have no pain from the operation. However, the spinal anesthetic has not completely worn off. My behind is still a little numb. A pharmacy will deliver the pain medication Vicodin later this afternoon in case I have a pain problem.
7PM - Bleeding
I've been instructed that bleeding may be expected. Well, I see red in my catheter bag. I am not happy to see blood in my urine!