To compare the perioperative and functional outcomes of holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) and thulium laser enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP) for the treatment of large-volume benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) (> 80 ml).
A total of 116 consecutive patients with BPH were randomized to be treated surgically with either HoLEP (n = 58) or ThuLEP (n = 58), following the classical three-lobe enucleation technique. Follow-up was assessed at 1, 3, 6, 12 and 18 months after surgery.
At 18 months, the lower urinary tract symptom index was improved significantly in both groups compared with the baseline values. The operative time (78.4 ± 8.0 vs. 71.4 ± 6.4 min) and enucleation time (61.2 ± 5.4 vs. 56.4 ± 8.4 min) were significantly shorter for ThuLEP compared to HoLEP (both p < 0.001). There were no significant differences between the two groups regarding morcellation time, resected weight, hemoglobin decrease, catheter time and hospital stay (p > 0.05). The HoLEP and ThuLEP groups had equivalent International Prostate Symptom Scores (3 [3–3] vs. 3 [3–3], p = 0.776), quality of life (1 [1–2] vs. 2 [1–2], p = 0.809), Qmax (25.3 ± 4.8 ml/s vs. 24.7 ± 4.4 ml/s, p = 0.470), postvoid residual urine (PVR) (6.1 [2.6–20.8] vs. 7.7 [3.1–22.8] ml, p = 0.449) and PSA (0.84 ± 0.32 vs. 0.90 ± 0.34 ml, p = 0.309) at 18 months postoperatively.
Both HoLEP and ThuLEP relieve lower urinary tract symptoms in a comparable way with high efficacy and safety. ThuLEP was statistically superior to HoLEP in operation time and enucleation time, although the differences were clinically negligible.
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The authors would like to thank all the staff at Xiangya Hospital of Central South University for their support in generating this manuscript. The authors would like to give particular thanks to the 116 patients who agreed to this study and completed the follow-up survey. Finally, the authors would like to thank National Natural Science Foundation of China for its support.
This research was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China 81770758 (to L.W.).
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Zhang, J., Ou, Z., Zhang, X. et al. Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate versus thulium laser enucleation of the prostate for the treatment of large-volume prostates > 80 ml: 18-month follow-up results. World J Urol 38, 1555–1562 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-019-02945-x
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Large-volume prostate
- Randomized controlled trial (RCT)