Thulium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (ThuLEP) as a Technique for Treatment of BPH: Evaluation of a Six-Year Experience at a Single Institution

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mahmood Vazirian-Zadeh
Jane Anderson
Ravine Gill
Islam Noaman
Katie Lee
Henryk Krasnowski


LUTS, BPE, Enucleation, TUR Syndrome, Qmax


Background and objective
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) has been the undisputed reference standard for elderly men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) caused by benign prostatic enlargement (BPE).
However, morbidity after TURP remains significant, with increased risks of bleeding and TUR syndrome.
In recent years, there has been a gradual increase in the role of laser technology for the treatment of symptomatic BPE.

The aim of our study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the novel technique Thulim laser enucleation of prostate (ThuLEP) developed for the first time in 2009 by Imkamp et al. in treating symptomatic BPE.

Materials and methods
Analysis of the data from electronic records, case notes, clinic letters all the patients who had undergone ThuLEP using a 70 W thulium laser (Revolix) for symptomatic outflow obstruction over a 6-year period was done.
We looked at the pre-procedure PSA, maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax), Post void residual (PVR) and haemoglobin, comparing it with the postoperative haemoglobin.

222 patients underwent ThuLEP procedure performed by 2 surgeons.
We found a 159 % improvement in Q max, a 61 % improvement in PVR.
No mortalities occurred and only 1 patient required post operative blood transfusion.

ThuLEP represents a safe, effective surgical option in patients with symptomatic BPH with relatively little complications, producing significant improvements in both Qmax and PVR.

Key words

LUTS, BPE, Enucleation, TUR Syndrome, Qmax

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