Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP)

Minimally invasive treatment for an enlarged prostate

An enlarged prostate can cause a great deal of discomfort. It is the most common cause of urinary problems in men over 40. The HoLEP procedure is an innovative treatment option that can relieve your symptoms.

If you have an enlarged prostate, you may be a candidate for this innovative procedure. This condition is also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). With BPH, the prostate enlarges and constricts the urethra. This makes it difficult to urinate.

Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) is a minimally invasive procedure. It is performed with a scope through the urethra. The surgeon uses a laser to cut out and remove excess tissue from the prostate gland. This gives an open channel for urination. Your surgeons will remove the obstruction while preserving healthy prostate tissue.

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia by a urologist and generally lasts between 2 to 3 hours. Benefits of the procedure include less bleeding, shorter catheterization time and better long-term outcomes.

Watch: What to Expect with HoLEP Procedure

What to Expect with HoLEP Procedure

If you have an enlarged prostate, you may be a candidate for this innovative procedure. This condition is also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). With BPH, the prostate enlarges and constricts the urethra. This makes it difficult to urinate.

Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) is a minimally invasive procedure. It is performed with a scope through the urethra. The surgeon uses a laser to cut out and remove excess tissue from the prostate gland. This gives an open channel for urination. Your surgeons will remove the obstruction while preserving healthy prostate tissue.

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia by a urologist and generally lasts between 2 to 3 hours. Benefits of the procedure include less bleeding, shorter catheterization time and better long-term outcomes.

Watch: What to Expect with HoLEP Procedure

The HoLEP program coordinator will assist you in gathering all the necessary information from your referring urologist. You may also be required to submit bloodwork, an EKG and urine culture before your consultation.

Preparing For Your HoLEP Procedure

The HoLEP program coordinator will assist you in gathering all the necessary information from your referring urologist. You may also be required to submit bloodwork, an EKG and urine culture before your consultation.

After the procedure you can expect to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. You should feel comfortable returning to full activity levels after one week of minimal activity. Follow up appointments are recommended at 3 months, 6 months and then every 2 years.

Relief from prostate blockage is almost immediate. Some patients may experience urgency, frequent urination and leakage for up to 3 months after the procedure.

After Your HoLEP Procedure

After the procedure you can expect to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. You should feel comfortable returning to full activity levels after one week of minimal activity. Follow up appointments are recommended at 3 months, 6 months and then every 2 years.

Relief from prostate blockage is almost immediate. Some patients may experience urgency, frequent urination and leakage for up to 3 months after the procedure.

Easing the Pressure: HoLEP Procedure at IU Health

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate can be painful and disruptive. Learn more about how the HoLEP procedure is helping many men regain freedom from this common problem.

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