HoLAP stands for Holmium Laser Ablation and is used on the prostate, to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). This procedure is used to provide immediate relief to the enlarged prostate. With BPH, the prostate gland has become enlarged but is not cancerous. During the second phase of growth of the prostate, roughly around the age of 25, the prostate can sometimes grow too large. As this happens, the prostate gland presses against the urethra, and eventually it becomes difficult for the bladder to empty itself completely, and this can lead to many problems associated with BPH.
The procedure is used to fix the conditions of the enlarged prostate. The holmium laser penetrates just enough tissue in a very quick and precise manner. Because of the precision that comes with using a laser, this prevents thermal injury to deeper tissue and leads to very little complications. Additional benefits include quick recovery time and that it is virtually a bloodless, outpatient procedure.
HoLAP Procedure Statistics
- It has proven to have durable outcomes for seven years
- It has a 47% decrease in AUA symptoms
- 83% improvement in the flow rate of the prostate
- Only a 15% reoperation rate
How Does HoLAP Compare to TURP – Transurethral Resection of the Prostate?
- The outcome of HoLAP & TURP is equivalent to 12 months
- Shorter hospital stays for HoLAP than TURP
- Shorter catheterization time for HoLAP than TURP
- HoLAP requires no post-operative irrigation
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