A novel technique of morcellation using a pneumovesicum after holmium laser enucleation of the prostate in complicated situations: Our initial experience and tips

Bum Sik Tae, Byung Jo Jeon, Hoon Choi, Jae Young Park, Jae Hyun Bae

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Abstract

Purpose: To describe our initial experience with a novel method of adenoma retrieval using a pneumovesicum (PNV) after Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). Methods: From January 2016 to April 2018, a total of 93 consecutive patients treated with HoLEP were enrolled in this study. For tissue morcellation, we used the PNV morcellation technique for an initial series of 21 patients and the conventional technique (Lumenis VersaCut) for a consecutive series of 72 patients. We compared efficiency and safety between the novel technique and the traditional technique. Subgroup analysis was performed to assess the effectiveness of the current technique in the large prostate (>70 mL). Results: There were significant differences in mean age and prostate volume between the 2 groups. However, there were no significant differences in the baseline characteristics and preoperative parameters in the subgroup analysis of large prostates (>70 mL). The mean morcellation efficiency was higher (8.50±1.94 minutes vs. 1.76±0.45 minutes, P<0.05) and the time of morcellation (7.81±1.25 minutes vs. 34.04±11.14 minutes, P<0.05) was shorter in the PNV group. Moreover, there were no significant differences between groups in hospitalization period (2.62±1.10 days vs. 2.90±1.26 days, P=0.852) and any other postoperative events, including recatheterization, reoperation, clot retention, and urethral stricture (P-value range, 0.194-0.447). In the PNV group, there were some cases of procedure-related complications, including postoperative extravesical leakage (5th case), clot retention (8th case), and recatheterization (9th case). Conclusions: This method has a higher tissue retrieval efficacy, with the advantage of excellent visibility compared to conventional morcellation. The current method can be applied when a transurethral morcellator is out of order or cannot be used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Neurourology Journal
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Holmium
  • Morcellation
  • Pneumovesicum
  • Prostatic hyperplasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Urology

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