© 2016 AEU Objective To compare clinical intra and early postoperative outcomes between thulium laser transurethral enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP) and transurethral bipolar resection of the prostate (TURis) for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in a prospective randomized trial. Methods The study randomized 208 consecutive patients with BPH to ThuLEP (n = 102) or TURis (n = 106). For all patients were evaluated preoperatively with regards to blood loss, catheterization time, irrigation volume, hospital stay and operative time. At 3 months after surgery they were also evaluated by International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), maximum flow rate (Qmax), and postvoid residual urine volume (PVR). Results The patients in each study arm each showed no significant difference in preoperative parameters. Compared with TURIS, ThuLEP had same operative time (53.69 ± 31.44 vs 61.66 ± 18.70 minutes, P = .123) but resulted in less hemoglobin decrease (0.45 vs 2.83 g/dL, P = .005). ThuLEP also needed less catheterization time (1.3 vs 4.8 days, P = .011), irrigation volume (29.4 vs 69.2 L, P = .002), and hospital stay (1.7 vs 5.2 days, P = .016). During the 3 months of follow-up, the procedures did not demonstrate a significant difference in Qmax, IPSS, PVR, and QOLS. Conclusion ThuLEP and TURis both relieve lower urinary tract symptoms equally, with high efficacy and safety. ThuLEP was statistically superior to TURis in blood loss, catheterization time, irrigation volume, and hospital stay. However, procedures did not differ significantly in Qmax, IPSS, PVR, and QOLS through 3 months of follow-up.
- Benign prostatic hiperplasia
- Thulium laser transurethral enucleation of the prostate
- Transurethral bipolar resection of the prostate