T-L technique for HoLEP: perioperative outcomes of a large single-centre series

Angelo Porreca, Riccardo Schiavina, Daniele Romagnoli, Paolo Corsi, Antonio Salvaggio, Daniele D'Agostino, Matteo Ferro, Gian Maria Busetto, Roberto Falabella, Alessandro Crestani

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Introduction: The aim of this article was to describe, step-by-step, an original technique (T-L technique) in a single centre series of patients who underwent holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia and analyze perioperative outcomes.

Material and methods: We retrospectively analyzed data of 567 patients who underwent HoLEP. The T-L technique consists of a series of incisions used as landmarks, performed at the beginning of the procedure before enucleation. Two T-shape incisions are performed at the level of bladder neck (at the 5-7 and 12 o'clock positions); two L-shape incisions are performed at the level of verumontanum, bilaterally, to mark the apex and to limit the sphincter. Another T-shape incision is performed on the bladder neck at the 12 o'clock position posterior to the level of verumontanum.

Results: The median operative time (OT) was 80 minutes (IQR 64-105); 50 minutes (IQR 35-70) and 15 minutes (IQR 10-20) for enucleation and the morcellation phase, respectively. Conversion to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) was necessary in 3/567 (0.6%) patients. Intraoperative complications occurred in 3.4% of cases, capsule perforation occurred in 12/567 (2%) of cases, while bladder perforation during morcellation occurred in 8/567 (1.4%) of cases. Postoperative complications were observed in 20/567 (3.5%) of patients. Specifically, grade 1-2 occurred in 19/567 (3.3%) and grade 3 was recorded in 1/567 (0.2%).

Conclusions: The T-L technique for HoLEP is safe and reproducible with a low rate of perioperative complications. The positioning of some landmarks before enucleation allows for the better orientation during enucleation and could be very useful in case of large prostates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-371
Number of pages6
JournalCentral European Journal of Urology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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