Holmium Laser Ablation of the Prostate
HoLAP, Laser TURP, Holmium laser prostatectomy
HoLAP or Holmium laser ablation of the prostate is another new, minimally invasive surgical technique for treating the enlarged prostate.  The procedure uses a high power Holmium laser delivered by the Versa Pulse Power Suite laser unit manufactured by the Lumenis corporation.  Associated Urologists of Orange County are offering this technique to patients who are good candidates for laser prostatectomy.

A side-firing laser fiber is inserted through a cystoscope introduced in the urethra.  The pulsatile laser energy creates a vapor bubble at the tip of the laser fiber that in turn heats the adjoining prostatic tissue causing it to vaporize without any significant thermal damage and excellent hemostasis.  This process leads to the removal of the obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate.  The Holmium laser penetrates less than 0.5 mm deep in the tissues, resulting in immediate tissue vaporization before heat can be conducted deeper into the tissues.

The HoLAP procedure is safe and effective and compares favorably with other minimally invasive procedures to treat the enlarged prostate.  It is performed as an outpatient procedure and usually takes less than one hour to complete.  Recovery is fast and uncomplicated  Adverse post-operative complications such as dysuria, urinary retention, delayed sloughing of tissue and bleeding occur rarely, and less often than with deeper penetrating lasers.

For more information regarding this new procedure and other minimally invasive urologic procedures, please call our office.
Dr. Garo M. Tertzakian MD
Dr. Matthew L. Greenberger MD
Dr. William F. Pearce MD

Associated Urologists of Orange County

Doctors specializing in Urology with expertise in incontinence, bladder suspension ("bladder lift") and urethral sling procedures, kidney stones, no needle no scalpel vasectomy, vasectomy reversal orange county, laparoscopy and laparoscopic kidney and prostate surgery, prostate diseases including prostate cancer and enlarged prostate (BPH), cryoablation (or cryotherapy) of prostate and kidney, robotic (da Vinci) prostate surgery. Associated Urologists of Orange County strive to be the best urology doctors in the Orange County area.  Urologists upholding AUA Best Practice Guidelines.

Adult and pediatric urology, urologic surgery, in Orange County, California
serving Anaheim, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

Our office accepts most major insurance including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Pacificare, United Health, Medicare.

The information on this site is solely for purposes of general patient education, and may not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your own physician for evaluation and treatment of your specific condition.

1801 N Broadway, Santa Ana, California 92706
Phone:  (714) 639-1915

Associated Urologists of Orange County
In a Minimally Invasive Way