Friday, March 08, 2013

6+ Years, Still OK. Medicare Coverage for Green Light?

Today someone posted a comment to this 'Me and My BPH' blog, which reminded me that I haven't posted any updates in awhile. While trying to remember how to create new postings, I noticed that people actually read this...ten to 30 people per day...who knew?!

It's been six years and a few months since the GreenLight procedure, and everything is still OK.

As in past years, there is still a tendency toward hesitation in starting to pee, if I didn't really need to go. For example, I'm getting ready to go shopping so I decide (just on general principles) to pee before I leave. Getting started may take 5, 10, 20 seconds.

But if I do need to pee, it starts right away.

Flowrate is still great. I never need to get up in the middle of the night to pee, and I haven't had any urinary tract infections since the procedure.

I'm still surprised that one of the doctors that I consulted with recommended TURP over Green Light. From what I've read, TURP is bloody (maybe even a blood transfusion), painful and requires a hospital stay. I'm glad I didn't follow his advice!

I'm now on Medicare. Had I delayed getting the Green Light treatment, I do not know if Medicare would have covered the procedure or not...does anyone reading this know?