A Simplified Technique for GreenLight Laser Enucleation of the Prostate

To present a simplified technique for GreenLight laser enucleation of the prostate (GreenLEP), designed to reduce the learning curve commonly associated with endoscopic prostate enucleation.

GreenLEP is a novel endoscopic treatment for BPH which allows for durable resection of large glands with minimal energy use, minimal bleeding and has been shown to be non-inferior to holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP)1,2. Furthermore, GreenLEP was recently shown to be superior to GreenLight PVP For glands > 80 g with respect to operative time, unplanned hospital readmission and decrease in post treatment PSA and prostate size.3 Unfortunately, a steep learning curve has remained a roadblock for adaptation by many urologists. Our technique for lobe-by-lobe GreenLEP is described and shown.

GreenLEP allows for removal of the entire transition zone in patients with large glands traditionally best treated with staged TURP or simple prostatectomy. A lobe-by-lobe approach allows the urologist to learn the procedure in a stepwise fashion as they become increasingly comfortable with the technique. During the learning process, some lobes may be addressed by enucleation while others by vaporization.

This simplified technique allows novice enucleators with GreenLight experience to feel more comfortable with GreenLEP, simplifying the learning curve.

Urology. 2018 Oct 09 [Epub ahead of print]

Petar Bajic, Nicolas Noriega, Alex Gorbonos, Edward Karpman

Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave, Maywood, IL, USA, 60153. Electronic address: ., El Camino Urology Medical Group, 2500 Grant Rd, Mountain View, CA, USA, 94040., Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave, Maywood, IL, USA, 60153.