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Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP)

Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) can alleviate symptoms you're experiencing .due to a large prostate. Book an appointment online today

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Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate or HoLEP is a minimally invasive treatment to alleviate symptoms due to the prostate. Men can pass urine with a faster flow and less frequently after recovery. A HoLEP is a modern alternative to the standard Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP), carried for bladder outflow obstruction caused by prostate enlargement.

The HoLEP procedure is suitable for men of any ages whose symptoms are due to a large prostate and can be used even if using medication that thins the blood.

With the use of a tiny telescope-like instrument, a high powered laser will carefully remove the excess prostate tissue obstructing the urethra. The residual pieces of the urethra are removed and analysed for any potentially cancerous changes.

After the excess tissue is removed, the surgeon will insert a catheter which is usually removed the following morning.

The procedure can be carried under general anaesthetic or regional (spinal) anaesthetic should you wish to remain awake.

Your consultant urologist will be able to inform you on the potential complications of the procedure based on your situation.

There many benefits of tis procedure, including:
  • It allows you to leave the hospital within 12-24 hours of the surgery
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Little blood loss
  • It can treat any size prostate
  • Immediately faster urine flow

If you suffer from an enlarged prostate or benign prostate dysplasia, there are several treatment options available, depending on the intensity of your symptoms:

The operation should be painless, however you might feel some discomfort from the catheter. Some men may experience bladder spams or contractions the because of the catheter rubbing inside the bladder. Due to these spasms, an urgent feeling to urinate might appear.

In the first 10 to 14 days there might be a mild burning feeling when trying to pass the urine. This will pass once the urethra will heal from the surgery and the catheter will be removed. You will be able to go home once you will be able to pass urine more comfortably. 

Your consultant urologist or nurse will be able to advise on the proper care once at home and what pelvic floor exercises you can perform to improve your bladder control.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:   

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine  
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and Consultant suit your needs  
  • Personalised, Consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs  
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams  
  • Support by the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end  
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included  
  • Flexible payment options to spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Specialists offering Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP)

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Mr Hemant Nemade

Consultant Urological Surgeon

FRCS (Urol), MRCSEd, MS, DNB (URol)

The Manor Hospital 1 more Three Shires Hospital

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Mr Ashok Sakthivel

Consultant Urologist


Woodlands Hospital

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Mr Andrew Ballaro

Consultant Urologist

B.Sc (Hons), MBBS, MD, FRCS, MSc (Urol), FRCS (Urol)

Hendon Hospital

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Mr Guy Webster

Consultant Urologist

MB ChB , FRCS Ed , Eng , (Urol) , FEBU

The Cavell Hospital 3 more Hendon Hospital The Kings Oak Hospital The Saxon Clinic

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Mr Harbinder Sharma

Consultant Urological Surgeon


The Manor Hospital 1 more The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr Jas Kalsi

Consultant Urological Surgeon & Andrologist

BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MD, MRCS, FRCS(Urol)

The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more The Princess Margaret Hospital

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