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Old wine in new bottles?

  • Christopher Netsch
  • Benedikt Becker
Letter to Editor
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Dear Editor,

I read the above-mentioned article with interest to learn something “new” about a “novel” technique of a procedure which has initially been described 20 years ago by Peter Gilling and Mark Fraundorfer [1]. Ever since, the three-lobe holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) procedure has been well established for the treatment of benign prostatic obstruction (BPO) as a size-independent method with excellent long-term results [1, 2]. Meanwhile, a lot of technical modifications have been described for the HoLEP procedure: high power [1, 3], low power (total low power, low power at the apex and bladder neck) [4], en bloc [5], en bloc “no touch” techniques [6], or the anteroposterior dissection HoLEP technique [7]. The only issue that is not “new” is the 3 horse shoe-like incision HoLEP (3 HSI HoLEP) [8]. The described approach is a fundamental part of the HoLEP procedure and can be seen in mostly all of the videos published in this field, but has not been labelled...

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Author contributions

CN: project development, data collection, manuscript writing, data analysis and interpretation. BB: project development, data collection, manuscript writing, data analysis and interpretation.

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Conflict of interest

The authors have nothing to disclose.

Research involving human participants and/or animals

This article does not contain any research on patients.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyAsklepios Hospital BarmbekHamburgGermany

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