Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP)

Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) is a treatment for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. Holmium laser prostate surgery is minimally invasive, it is done without any incisions on the body. The procedure uses a laser to remove tissue that is blocking urine flow through the prostate. A separate instrument is then used to cut the prostate tissue into easily removable fragments. Dr. Garrick Simmons of Five Valleys Urology, is the only surgeon in Montana to offer this procedure. He received specific training in the procedure.

HoLEP is similar to open prostate surgery but requires no incisions. HoLEP removes the entire portion of the prostate that can block urine flow. It can be an option to treat a severely enlarged prostate. The treatment provides a lasting solution for an enlarged prostate. HoLEP also preserves removed tissue so that it can be examined in the laboratory for other conditions, including prostate cancer.

As with other types of prostate laser surgery, HoLEP can offer faster recovery and symptom relief compared with traditional prostate surgery. Rarely, re-treatment with HoLEP may be needed for urinary symptoms. Five Valleys Urology is the only practice in Montana

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While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

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