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Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate

Jefferson's Department of Urology provides screening and diagnostic imaging using high-definition laparoscopy suites, three da Vinci® surgical robots, dedicated endourology suites with digital imaging, an extensive laser and endoscope inventory, cryo and brachytherapy units, two prostate thermotherapy units, the Prostate Diagnostic Center and inpatient and outpatient urodynamics study facilities. These comprehensive approaches allow urologists to diagnose and treat urological conditions.

Holmium Laser Enucleation or HoLEP is a minimally invasive procedure that replicates an open prostatectomy procedure without an incision. It’s used to treat men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – a condition that causes the prostate to be enlarged.

Who should be treated with HoLEP?

All patients requiring a surgical intervention for BPH can be treated with a HoLEP and never require an incision. In many clinical trials, HoLEP has been shown to be more effective and durable than procedures like transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) or open prostatectomy. HoLEP also provides less catheter time, shorter hospital stays, less risk of blood transfusion and quicker recovery.

Why HoLEP at Jefferson?

Our Jefferson Urology physicians have 20 years of experience performing HoLEP procedures and have helped pioneer the development of this technique into the United States. HoLEP involves either a one-day surgery or overnight stay in the hospital, and most patients go home without a catheter. It requires either general or spinal anesthesia. The risks of HoLEP are very similar to TURP, including bleeding, infection and temporary stress urinary incontinence. However, all side effects typically resolve within six weeks.

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