Analysis of Thermally Denatured Depth in Laser Vaporization for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia using a Simulation of Light Propagation and Heat Transfer (secondary publication)

Background and Aims: Laser vaporization of the prostate is expected as a less invasive treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), via the photothermal effect. In order to develop safer and more effective laser vaporization of the prostate, it is essential to set optimal irradiation parameters based on quantitative evaluation of temperature distribution and thermally denatured depth in prostate tissue. Method: A simulation model was therefore devised with light propagation and heat transfer calculation, and the vaporized and thermally denatured depths were estimated by the simulation model. Results: The results of the simulation were compared with those of an ex vivo experiment and clinical trial. Based on the accumulated data, the vaporized depth strongly depended on the distance between the optical fiber and the prostate tissue, and it was suggested that contact laser irradiation could vaporize the prostate tissue most effectively. Additionally, it was suggested by analyzing thermally denatured depth comprehensively that laser irradiation at the distance of 3 mm between the optical fiber and the prostate tissue was useful for hemostasis. Conclusions: This study enabled quantitative and reproducible analysis of laser vaporization for BPH and will play a role in clarification of the safety and efficacy of this treatment.

Laser therapy. 2016 Dec 30 [Epub]

Junya Takada, Norihiro Honda, Hisanao Hazama, Naomasa Ioritani, Kunio Awazu

Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University., Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University., Japan Community Health care Organization Sendai Hospital.