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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 236-243

Best laser for prostatectomy in the year 2013

1 Department of Urology, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Chinchwad, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Urology, Shree Ramkrishna Nursing Home, Panvel, Maharashtra, India

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Pankaj N Maheshwari
Department of Urology, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Chinchwad, Pune 411 033, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.117286

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Lasers have come a long way in the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Over last nearly two decades, various different lasers have been utilized for prostatectomy. Neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser that started this journey, is no longer used for prostatectomy. Holmium laser can achieve transurethral enucleation of the prostatic adenoma producing a fossa that can be compared with the fossa after Freyer's prostatectomy. Green light laser has a short learning curve, is nearly blood-less with good immediate results. Thulium laser is a faster cutting laser while diode laser is a portable laser device. Often laser prostatectomy is considered as a replacement for the standard transurethral resection of prostate (TURP). To be comparable, laser should reduce or avoid the immediate and long-term complications of TURP, especially bleeding and need for blood transfusion. It should also be safe in the ever increasing patient population on antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs. We need to take stock of the situation and identify, which among the present day lasers has stood the test of time. A review of the literature was performed to see if any of these lasers could be called the "best laser for prostatectomy in 2013."

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