Feasibility of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate as a 1-day surgery

Haidar Abdul-Muhsin, William Critchlow, Anojan Navaratnam, James Gnecco, Kimberly Tay, Marlene Girardo, Paul Andrews, Scott Cheney, Mitchell Humphreys

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Purpose: To assess the safety and feasibility of HoLEP as a day-case procedure. Methods: We reviewed all consecutive patients who underwent HoLEP at our institution between February 2017 and March 2018. During this time, we began a prospective trial aimed at same-day discharge of specific patients. Baseline and demographic variables, and past medical, past urological, intra-operative and post-operative variables in addition to disposition and readmission data were collected. Bivariate analysis was conducted to compare patients based on the day of discharge and readmission. A multivariable model using multiple-regression analysis was used to assess predictors for early discharge or readmission. Results: There were 179 total HoLEP procedures that were performed during the study period. Forty-seven patients were suitable candidates for same-day discharge. Among this group, 28 (59.5%) patients were successfully discharged home on the same day. Nineteen patients (40.4%) could not be discharged. The most common cause of not to discharge patients was the degree of hematuria without continuous bladder irrigation. Pre-operative prostate volume was different between the two groups (88.4 ± 30.7 cc for discharged patients vs 69.0 ± 30.7 cc for admitted patients, p = 0.033). No other pre-operative differences were identified. There were five readmissions (17.8%) following same-day discharge. Readmitted patients had higher rates of history of urinary tract infection (80% vs 26.2%, p = 0.0304). On multivariable analysis, no statistically significant predictors were identified for early discharge or readmission. Conclusions: Same-day discharge following HoLEP is safe and feasible in well-selected patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1017-1025
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Journal of Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • BPH
  • HoLEP
  • Holmium
  • Prostate
  • Same day surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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