Efficacy and safety of thulium laser prostatectomy
Author(s): Dr. Nandakishore B
Abstract: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is one of the most common diseases in middle-aged and elderly men causing lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Patient with BPH presenting with recurrent urinary tract infection, renal insufficiency, recurrent gross hematuria, refractory acute urinary retention requires surgical treatment. Numerous surgical options are available for the treatment of BPH and with transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) remaining the gold standard surgical treatment. Various studies showed newer modality Thulium laser enucleation prostatectomy is as effective as TURP.1 Laser can be broadly classified in ablating lasers and cutting lasers. Nd: YAG laser and potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser are the ablating lasers while holmium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Ho: YAG) laser, thulium laser and diode laser are the cutting lasers. Thulium laser is a continuous wave laser of wave length 2 micron producing clean and faster cuts and good hemostasis. This study puts in an effort to find the efficacy and safety of Thulium Laser Prostatectomy in patients with benign prostate hyperplasia.