HoLEP (HOLMIUM LASER ENUCLEATION OF THE PROSTATE)
A HoLEP is a minimally invasive operation to remove prostate tissue which is blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It is also known as a “laser prostatectomy” and may be offered to patients for treatment of BPH and urinary symptoms. The procedure is performed via a cystoscope under a general anaesthetic. The enucleated prostate tissue is removed from the body and sent for histological assessment with the aid of a morcellator.
The benefits of HoLEP over a conventional TURP include a shorter hospital stay and time with catheter, a significantly reduced risk of bleeding and lower re-operation rate at 10 years. There is also a decreased rate of erectile dysfunction compared to TURP.