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Dr. Walter M. O'Brien of The Urology Group Designated as a Center of Excellence for GreenLight Laser Therapy, a Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or Enlarged Prostate

Posted on November 12, 2020by The Urology Group

Center of Excellence Recognizes High Degree of Experience with GreenLight Technology

LANSDOWNE, VIRGINIA — The Urology Group announced that Dr. Walter M. O'Brien has been designated as a Center of Excellence for GreenLight Laser Therapy treatment – a minimally invasive outpatient procedure for men used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). GreenLight Therapy can help provide immediate relief from enlarged prostate symptoms such as frequent urination—especially at night, weak urine flow, urgency and incomplete bladder emptying.

The GreenLight Center of Excellence designation program has just been established in October 2020. Dr. O’Brien is one of the first physicians to be recognized due to his extensive experience with GreenLight Laser Therapy, having done over 1000 cases since GreenLight was first introduced in 2004, and for his commitment to delivering effective, long-lasting therapy to men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is a condition in which a man’s prostate enlarges and blocks the urinary pathway, causing bothersome symptoms such as frequent or urgent urination, a weak or interrupted urine stream, and the need to get up several times a night to urinate. It affects about 50% of men by age 60, and up to 90% of men by age 85.

“Being designated as a GreenLight Center of Excellence is a meaningful recognition for us, as we strive to provide the best possible treatment of urological conditions for patients in the Northern Virginia area,” said Dr. O’Brien of The Urology Group. “Before the GreenLight era, the primary options for treating BPH were behavior modifications, medications or invasive surgery. However, medications may not work for everyone or they may have unwanted side effects. With GreenLight Therapy, we’re able to provide relief of BPH for men who do not want to take medication or want to avoid more invasive types of surgery.”

GreenLight Laser Therapy uses laser energy to vaporize (melt away) the obstructing parts of the prostate, creating an open urinary pathway. In addition to experiencing improvements in urine flow, many patients are pleased that GreenLight typically does not cause erectile dysfunction (ED). GreenLight Laser therapy can offer a long-term solution without the need for BPH medication.

One patient who received GreenLight Therapy noted, “After years of waking up multiple times at night to use the bathroom and not being happy with the results of my medications, it was a great improvement in my quality of life to have an effective, minimally invasive therapy available to me that didn’t require hospitalization.”

GreenLight Therapy is currently being used in many leading urology practices throughout the United States. To date, more than 1 million patients around the world have been successfully treated with GreenLight Therapy.

About The Urology Group
The Urology Group has been in practice for over 90 years. With offices in Lansdowne, Leesburg, Reston, and Stone Springs, they are easily accessible to patients across all of Northern Virginia. They provide a full range of urological care for men, women, and children. Their specialties include robotic surgery, urological cancers, male fertility, prostate health, kidney health, and more.

For more information, visit urologygroupvirginia.com

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