Urology Holep Treatment

HoLEP for Enlarged Prostate

Get Relief from an Enlarged Prostate

You don’t have to live with bothersome urinary symptoms from a benign (not cancerous) enlarged prostate. Find relief with the minimally invasive procedure called holmium laser enucleation of prostate (HoLEP). HoLEP removes prostate tissue to open the bladder outlet so it can empty more easily.

Emory Urology is the first in Georgia to offer HoLEP for men with urinary issues due to prostate enlargement. It can help improve symptoms resistant to other treatments, such as:

  • A slow or intermittent urinary stream.
  • Difficulty starting urination.
  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder.

Understanding the HoLEP Procedure

Surgeons perform HoLEP procedures in an operating room. You will be under general anesthesia. There are no incisions, as HoLEP uses a scope. During HoLEP, a high-powered laser removes obstructing lobes of the prostate. It can remove 80 to 90% of the prostate tissue. This results in the lowest retreatment rate of any Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) treatment currently available. 

Who Is a Candidate for HoLEP?

Men with any size prostate may experience urinary symptoms. However, HoLEP is most often used for larger prostates.

Men with severe urinary symptoms may experience the most benefits from HoLEP. Severe symptoms include:

  • Bladder stones
  • Catheter-dependent, recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by incomplete bladder emptying

Men who have had previous prostate treatments, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), laser surgery, microwave, biopsy or radiation can still have HoLEP, but since these treatments can change your prostate anatomy, please let your surgeon know about any of them.

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