Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called prostate enlargement, is a noncancerous increase in size of the prostate gland. Symptoms may include frequent urination, trouble starting to urinate, weak stream, inability to urinate, or loss of bladder control. This disorder is one of the most frequent pathologies in men; 50% of men suffer from it at the age of 60, and 90% do so by the age of 80.
There are various different oral treatments that can alleviate early symptoms and, in many cases, avoid surgery. When surgery is required, various techniques are also available. In recent years, the scalpel has been increasingly replaced by different types of energy, such as ultrasound, thermotherapy, radiofrequency and laser.
Holmium laser Prostate Surgery
Holmium laser surgery is minimally invasive and ideally suited for treatment of an enlarged prostate. Also called holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP), the procedure uses a laser to remove tissue that is blocking urine flow through the prostate. It requires no incisions and provides a lasting solution.
The procedure is performed endoscopically and lasts approximately one hour. The postoperative recovery period is comfortable, with a stay of between 24 and 48 hours. HoLEP offers faster recovery and symptom relief compared with other more traditional methods. Re-treatment is rarely needed, and results have demonstrated to last over 7 years.
Hospital Ochoa were pioneers in Spain when we began using HoLEP in 2003. We have performed this surgical technique on 800 patients, all with successful results.
Advantages of Holmium Laser
The advantages of Holmium laser over other surgical techniques include:
- Decreased hospital stay.
- Reduced bleeding.
- Particularly useful for enlarged prostates.
- Long lasting results.
Holmium laser is also used for treating lithiasis (kidney stones), ureter cancer and urethral stricture.