Holmium Laser Technology

Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate (HoLEP) is also known as Holmium Laser Prostatectomy. HoLEP is aimed to remove the central part of prostate gland which enlarges due to ageing and causes pressure on urethra (urine passage). The surgical procedure is performed with a special endoscope passed through the urethra.

HoLEP - Holmium Laser Technology For Prostate Enlargement Treatment

The High Power Holmium Laser separates the central part of prostate from the surrounding fibrous covering (capsule) and this procedure is nearly bloodless as the laser beam when cuts the gland also seals the blood vessels. The separated part of the prostate is then pushed into urinary bladder and is cut by a special machine (Morcellator) into smaller pieces and then sucked out of the body. The smaller pieces of the prostate are sent for biopsy to detect prostate cancer.

Advantages of HoLEP (Holmium Laser) vs. TURP (Endoscopy)

Size of Gland Any size Not greater than 80 grams
Hospitalisation 1 - 2 days 3 - 4 days
Catheter Less than 24 hours 48-72 hours
Irrigation Not needed Usually needed
Blood Loss 1 in 10,000 10-15 in 100
Patients on anticoagulants, aspirin and with heart valves and coronary stents Safe High Risk
Recovery Very soon Few weeks
Risk of stricture, bladder neck contracture & impotence Insignificant High Risk

Advantages of HoLEP (Holmium Laser) vs. Other Lasers

  HoLEP Other Lasers
(Greenlight PVP, Thulium, etc.)
Biopsy to detect Prostate Cancer Possible Not possible
Published Laser RCT 8 2 (Greenlight); 0 (Thulium)
Amount of Enlarged Prostate Removed 82 - 91% 32 - 51 %
Treatment Cost Economical Expensive

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