Holmium Laser Prostate Surgery

What is Holmium Laser Prostate Surgery?

Large prostate glands that are not cancerous (prostatomegaly) can block the outflow of urine from the bladder. In order to reduce the bulk of the gland a holium laser probe is passed through the penis (urethra) up to the gland and used to burn away the excess tissue. This can be achieved with minimum blood loss, but pieces of the prostate may escape into the bladder, and must be removed by a cystoscope to prevent them blocking the urethra at a later time.

Holium Laser Prostate Surgery - photo of cystoscope, illustration of cystoscope being inserted, photo of cystoscope inserted in model of penis

(left) Cystoscope image by MykReeve (CC BY-SA 3.0)
(middle) illustration Cancer Research UK (CC BY-SA 4.0)
(right) Cystocope model Brian Moore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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