State of the Art of Thulium Laser Enucleation and Vapoenucleation of the Prostate: A Systematic Review

Daniele Castellani, Giacomo Maria Pirola, Andrea Pacchetti, Giovanni Saredi, Marco Dellabella

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Abstract

Tm:YAG laser operates at a wavelength of 1940-2013 nm in a continuous wave mode, which enables smooth incision and rapid vaporization of prostatic tissue, with a shallow penetration of only 0.2 mm. These characteristics make Tm:YAG a versatile laser, allowing the surgeon to perform resection, vaporization, and vapoenucleation. This systematic review aims to summarize the current evidence of safety and efficacy, long-term durability, impact on sexual function following Tm:YAG laser enucleation and vapoenucleation of the prostate and to compare the outcomes of these procedures vs other surgical treatments of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUrology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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