HoLEP: the new gold standard for surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia

Asaf Shvero, Brian Calio, Mitchell R. Humphreys, Akhil K. Das

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INTRODUCTION Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) was considered the "gold standard" surgical treatment for medication-refractory benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) for decades. With the desire to reduce hospital stay, complications, and cost, less invasive procedures gained usage in the 1990's. With the advent of a soft tissue morcellator, holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) was introduced as an efficacious alternative to TURP and due to its advantageous side effect profile compared to TURP, has grown in popularity ever since. HoLEP has become a size-independent guideline endorsed procedure of choice for the surgical treatment of BPH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We provide a review on the evolution of HoLEP as a gold standard compared to the historical reference procedures for BPH, and provide a review of emerging laser technologies. RESULTS: A growing body of literature has shown HoLEP to be a safe and efficient procedure for the treatment of BPH for all prostate sizes. Long term studies have proven the durability of HoLEP, as a first line surgical therapy for BPH. CONCLUSIONS: HoLEP is a proven modality for the surgical treatment of BPH. It can be performed on patients with high risk for postoperative bleeding, or after previous prostate reducing procedures. HoLEP is the only procedure that is AUA guideline-endorsed for all prostate sizes for the surgical treatment of BPH. Given these considerations, HoLEP has become the new gold-standard for the surgical treatment of BPH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalThe Canadian journal of urology
Issue numberS2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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