Current status of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate

There are several options for the surgical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia representatively from transurethral resection of the prostate. Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate is one of those options, and many institutions and urologists have initiated this technique, and most of them have accomplished better outcomes compared with transurethral resection of the prostate. In contrast to transurethral resection of the prostate, which requires a similar procedure to transurethral resection of bladder tumors, holmium laser enucleation of the prostate requires a special surgical technique: enucleation and morcellation with around 10 years' history of experience, even in Japan. The present review introduces the current status of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate, so that it surely contributes to the knowledge of International Journal of Urology readers who could be experienced surgeons or beginners as well.

International journal of urology : official journal of the Japanese Urological Association. 2017 Dec 03 [Epub ahead of print]

Katsumi Shigemura, Masato Fujisawa

Department of Urology, Kobe University Hospital, Kobe, Japan.

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