Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP): size-independent gold standard for surgical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia

Can J Urol. 2020 Aug;27(S3):44-50.

Abstract

Introduction: Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) has become an increasingly common surgical management option for treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) has long been considered the gold standard, contemporary literature and newer guidelines indicate that HoLEP has become the new size-independent endoscopic gold standard for surgical BPH treatment.

Materials and methods: We provide a review and update on current HoLEP surgical techniques, outcomes, safety, and durability according to the growing body of literature.

Results: The current body of literature and guidelines indicate HoLEP as a safe and effective surgical treatment for symptomatic BPH regardless of prostate size. Durable long term subjective and objective outcomes have been demonstrated in previous studies, extending beyond 10 years.

Conclusions: HoLEP continues to demonstrate durable long term efficacy for treating patients suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to BPH. The American Urological Association (AUA) guidelines recommend its use as a size-independent endoscopic treatment option. HoLEP has proven itself to be the new gold standard in surgical treatment for LUTS secondary to BPH with the ability to endoscopically treat prostates independent of size, with durable long term outcomes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lasers, Solid-State / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Organ Size
  • Prostatectomy / adverse effects
  • Prostatectomy / instrumentation
  • Prostatectomy / methods*
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / pathology
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome