Good Samaritan Hospital Offers 'Green Light Laser' Treatment for Enlarged Prostates

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A green laser is the latest in a new wave of technologies changing the face of healthcare in New York's Rockland County. Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. has announced that they are now offering Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) using the GreenLight laser for male patients who suffer from an enlarged prostate.

A green laser is the latest in a new wave of technologies changing the face of healthcare in Rockland County. Good Samaritan Hospital has announced that they are now offering Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) using the GreenLight laser for male patients who suffer from an enlarged prostate.

If left unchecked, an enlarged prostate can cause severe urine retention that can lead to kidney problems and even kidney failure. Before GreenLight PVP, treatment options consisted of either the effective, but highly invasive surgical procedure called Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP), or a safer, yet less effective heat therapy. These treatments are somewhat risky and require relatively extensive recovery time, but with the new virtually bloodless outpatient GreenLight PVP procedure, patients can be back on their feet in a matter of days. Good Samaritan Hospital is the only hospital in Rockland County to offer this treatment.

This noninvasive, highly effective procedure uses a high powered laser to vaporize enlarged prostate tissue layer by layer. PVP recovery time is much faster than TURP with a low risk of side effects, and provides rapid and long lasting symptom relief and a dramatic urine flow improvement as well as the preservation of sexual function.

“Good Samaritan Hospital continues to be in the forefront of delivering World Class healthcare to the people of the Lower Hudson Valley,” commented Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator for Good Samaritan Hospital. “The new ‘green light laser’ procedure for enlarged prostate is the latest example of how Good Samaritan is consistently delivering state-of-the-art treatment options that will have a marked benefit for hundreds in our community each year.”

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation’s leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about Good Samaritan Hospital, or any of its programs, visit their website at http://www.GoodSamHosp.org, or contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.

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