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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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SANTOS GARCIA-BAQUERO, A. et al. Prostatic enucleation with holmium laser. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2008, vol.61, n.9, pp.1015-1021. ISSN 0004-0614.

Objectives: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) affects a growing percentage of males over the age of 40 years, increasing with age. Currently, we have a new therapeutic tool available: the holmium laser. Methods: We retrospectively collected data of 300 patients undergoing holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) in our center. Results: The results are: mean hospital stay 1,8 days (range 1-15 days, median 1,8); mean bladder catheter time 30.6 hours (range 12-312, median 30.3), total operative room time 75 minutes (range 38-150, median 71), maximal flow rate at six months 24.7 ml/sec. and 23.9 ml/sec. at 12 months. Surgical performance, number of grams resected per minute, is 0.48 for the whole group. We observed a variation in data from the first 20 cases, with worse results in this group. Conclusions: In our opinion holmium laser enucleation is an adequate method that the guarantees optimal results, comparable to those obtained with classic endoscopic and open surgical techniques, with a low rate of complications, which benefits the patient by diminishing the need for transfusions, catheterization time, and hospital stay; conversely, it has a learning curve of around 20 procedures, which may be associated with complications that may discourage the surgeon and stop the project of technique implementation in a center, having easy, accessible, established alternative procedures.

Palabras clave : Holmium laser; BPH; Enucleation; Laser.

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