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HoLEP Surgery Common Terms

Understanding how and why HoLEP surgery may be right for you is important for any patient. Below are some common prostate surgery terms and definitions for patient educational purposes.


Ablation – Removing or destroying tissue using energy (thermal, light, electrical, magnetic, ultrasound, freezing).  The tissue is destroyed and not preserved for pathologic analysis.


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, usually caused by glandular tissue growth. BPH typically affects men ages 50 and older, and restricts urination by partially blocking the urethra.


Catheter – A thin, flexible tube inserted through an opening in the body, typically in the bladder, to remove fluid from the body


Cystoscope – A medical instrument that is inserted into the urethra to examine the urinary bladder and prostate.


Enucleation – Removing the center or nucleus of a structure by opening or expanding existing anatomic spaces.  The tissue is preserved for pathologic analysis.


Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) – A type of prostate surgery performed to relieve symptoms from BPH. During surgery, a laser is used to precisely remove any obstructions of the prostate

Laser – A focused, coherent beam of light of a specific wavelength.


Morcellation – The process of dividing tissue deposits into small pieces for removal. A morcellator is a surgical device used to divide and remove large deposits of tissue during surgery.


Prostate – An organ in the male reproductive system that produces fluid which provides nutrients for sperm to survive outside the body.


Prostate Laser Surgery – A procedure typically done to relieve urination symptoms caused by BPH. The laser uses concentrated light to melt or burn away excess tissue to relieve urination issues. HoLEP is an effective surgical practice that is less invasive and causes less post-surgery issues.


Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) – A type of prostate surgery done to relieve urination problems caused by BPH. Electrical current is used to remove the overgrowth from the prostate in small chips which are then placed in the bladder and flushed out at the conclusion of the procedure.