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New application system for the holmium laser resection of the prostate
Author(s): Rolf H. Eichenauer; Christian Doehn; Gerit Droege; Ralf Brinkmann; Manfred Salamon; Dieter Jocham
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Paper Abstract

The clinical outcome of the holmium laser resection of the prostate (HoLRP) shows similar results when compared to the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Our efforts had ben to solve certain problems in the clinical application, e.g. the angle fiber/tissue in the apex area of the prostate and the movements of the shaft during the resection. The authors present a new application system for the laser resection and review their own experience in the development and clinical application system for the laser resection and review their own experience in the development and clinical application of Holmium:YAG laser technology for prostatectomy. Between 3/97 and 12/98, 79 patients were treated with the holmium laser resection of the prostate. The laser resections with the specially designed laser-resectoscope were performed from 5/98-12/98 (n-28 patients). With the new resectoscope a proper instrumentation became available. A ceramic tip mounted lever provided a deflection at an angle of 20° of the fiber without any damage of the applicator during the laser application. The manipulation of the fiber within the shaft in all three directions makes an enucleation of the prostate possible. The mean operating time was 63 minutes. There were no acute perioperative complications. The mean postoperative AUA symptom score was 9.1 compared to 22.5 preoperatively. The mean postoperative peak flow rate was 19.1 ml/s compared to 7 ml/s preoperatively. The new technical device improves holmium laser prostate resection and a combination of techniques provides an effective method with minimal complications and morbidity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 June 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3590, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IX, (22 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350959
Show Author Affiliations
Rolf H. Eichenauer, Medical Univ. Luebeck (Germany)
Christian Doehn, Medical Univ. Luebeck (Germany)
Gerit Droege, Medical Laser Center Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Ralf Brinkmann, Medical Laser Center Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Manfred Salamon, Bauer & Haeselbarth GmbH (Germany)
Dieter Jocham, Medical Univ. Luebeck (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3590:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IX
Kenton W. Gregory; R. Rox Anderson; David S. Robinson; Reza S. Malek; Lou Reinisch; Darryl J. Bornhop; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Lloyd P. Tate; C. Gaelyn Garrett; Eugene A. Trowers; Aaron P. Perlmutter; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lawrence S. Bass; Darryl J. Bornhop; C. Gaelyn Garrett; Kenton W. Gregory; Nikiforos Kollias; Harvey Lui; Reza S. Malek; Aaron P. Perlmutter; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Lou Reinisch; David S. Robinson; Lloyd P. Tate; Eugene A. Trowers, Editor(s)

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