Catheter Removal on the Same Day of Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate: Outcomes of a Pilot Study

Deepak K. Agarwal, Marcelino E. Rivera, Charles U. Nottingham, Tim Large, Amy E. Krambeck

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Objective: To determine if same day catheter removal is feasible in a select population after holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). Methods: We performed an analysis of patients undergoing HoLEP at our institution who underwent same-day catheter removal after HoLEP. All HoLEPs were performed with Moses 2.0 Optimized for BPH. Patients were dismissed from postoperative recovery unit to the clinic for catheter removal and voiding trial. Results: To date, 30 patients have undergone same day catheter removal. Median age is 68.6 years (interquartile range [IQR] 61.8-73.3) and preoperative prostate volume 81 mL (IQR 53-114.8). Median enucleation time was 39.5 minutes (IQR 30.5-53), morcellation time was 5 minutes (IQR 4-12 minutes), and enucleated specimen weight was 52.5 g (IQR 33-81). Twenty-seven (90%) patients successfully voided on the same day without requiring catheter replacement. All patients were catheter free by POD1. For patients who successfully passed their voiding trial, the median time from the end of the procedure to hospital discharge was 2.6 hours (IQR [2.1-2.9]) and from the end of the HoLEP to catheter removal was 4.9 hours (IQR [3.5-6.0]). Conclusion: We present for the first time that same day catheter removal is a feasible option in a select population of patients undergoing HoLEP. With more study, this has the potential for transforming the management of BPH, especially larger glands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 2020


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