The hospital La Inmaculada de Huércal Overa (Almería), which belongs to the North Almería Health Management Area (AGSNA), has incorporated an innovative laser treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia. The technique, defined as Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP Technique), is a minimally invasive procedure performed through the urethra that allows the removal of large adenomas (part of the prostate responsible for the obstruction of urinary flow) with minimal bleeding.
The first operations at the Hospital La Inmaculada using this new technique, which will be progressively incorporated into the hospitals of the SSPA, began on Friday 12th November and were carried out by the AGSNA Urology doctor, Harold Almonte, with the collaboration of Ángel Gómez Pascual, from the Clínica Quirón in Málaga. The main advantages are a faster recovery, no need for a urethral catheter and a minimum hospital stay (they are discharged after 24 hours).
The incorporation of Prostate Enucleation with Holmium Laser (HoLEP Technique) is a continuation of the commitment to minimally invasive surgery carried out by the North Almeria Health Management Area directed by José Miguel Medina.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a pathology that affects 50% of men over 60 years of age, with this proportion increasing with age. As the prostatic adenoma grows, it causes an obstruction to the outflow of urine, causing symptoms such as difficulty in initiating urination, a short urine stream or terminal dribbling.
As the obstruction becomes chronic, symptoms affecting bladder filling such as the urge to urinate, the need to urinate at night (nocturia) or the appearance of urinary urgency (sensation of incomplete emptying) appear.
These symptoms can be managed in the urology clinic with drugs, but when these are not effective, it is vitally important to choose an effective and safe surgical option.