Holmium Laser Enucleation for Prostate Cancer (HoLEP)

HoLEP

A holmium laser surgery for prostate is considered an ideal alternative treatment solution for bladder outflow obstruction caused due to a benign prostatic hyperplasia. This is a non-invasive treatment method and is more convenient and efficient than a traditional transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

It is a faster treatment procedure than the other alternative treatment methods such as conventional open-type surgery. This surgery involves removal of the obstructive part of the prostate as is seen in a conventional surgical treatment but without the need for incisions.

Who is a candidate for a Holmium Laser for Prostate treatment?

Men of any age can undergo a holmium laser treatment for prostate that causes urine obstruction due to an enlarged prostate. It is especially ideal for men with larger-sized (60 cm and more) prostates as well as for men with blood-thinning medication.

Advantages of a Holmium Laser for Prostate Treatment

There are several distinct advantages of using a holmium laser treatment therapy for removal of enlarged prostates in men, as compared to other more conventional treatment methods. Such as:

  • It can help break down larger-sized prostates with more efficiency and ease
  • There is less bleeding than in the traditional TURP
  • Hospital stay time is considerably reduced
  • Prostate enlarging disorder is less likely to recur after this treatment
  • Large quantities of prostate tissue samples can be sent for pathological analysis
  • The PSA usually decreases to very low levels after this treatment

What is a Holmium Laser for the Prostate procedure?

The goal of the holmium laser enucleation of prostate (HoLEP) treatment is to relieve the pressure from the urethra that is used to drain the urine by essentially enucleating the major portion of the additional benign prostate tissue.

The surgery requires administering general anesthesia to the patient in order to reduce the pain as well as the discomfort during the treatment. The surgeon will use a viewing device made of a thin and flexible tube attached to a tiny video camera at its end. This camera is inserted from the penis. The surgeon will then push the three intact and cored-out lobes of the prostate into the bladder before removing them by using suction from a special minimally invasive suction device. The prostate tissue samples are usually sent to a pathological lab to check if the benign enlargement is being caused by a cancerous growth.

The surgeon will fix a catheter to the bladder for 1-2 days to allow the urine to avoid passing the raw surface of the urethra and to get discharged from the body easily. The surgeon will also use sterile saline solution inserted into the bladder through the catheter in order to dissolve any blood in the urine as well as to prevent blood clots from forming.

Why Choose a Holmium Laser for Prostate (HoLEP)?

The holmium laser is more efficient and accurate in removing the obstructive portion of the prostate. This is more effective and a less-invasive treatment procedure than the other enlarged prostate treatment methods. Holmium laser for prostate is fast becoming the preferred choice of surgeons and urology specialists from around the world and is being used more commonly and widely today due to its various distinctive advantages including less pain during surgery, less recovery time required, no incisions and shorter hospital stay as well.

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