Influence of decay of laser fibers during laser prostatectomy on clinical results

E. Te Slaa, C. F.P. Van Swol, T. A. Boon, R. M. Verdaasdonk, W. H. Doesburg, F. M.J. Debruyne, J. J.M.C.H. De La Rosette

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Three types of sidefiring laser fibers (34 Urolase, 20 Ultraline, and 14 Prolase II) were visually inspected after a laser prostatectomy, and transmission measurements were performed using a power meter (Aquarius). The results were correlated with the clinical outcome. Despite differences in the amount of loss in transmission for the fibers used, we could not establish any significant effect on clinical outcome measures, such as improvement in maximal flow rate or symptom score. The visual aspect of the Urolase fibers was significantly related to the amount of transmission loss, whereas no such relation was found for the other two types of fibers. Prostate size and the total amount of energy delivered by the laser source also did not correlate with the clinical outcome. To determine the relation between the energy absorbed by the prostate and clinical outcome, a large number of patients must be evaluated, and any factor that can be controlled needs to be monitored. For the latter, the power meter as presented here is a useful complementary tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes


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