Laser prostatectomy for patients with complaints due to benign prostatic hyperplasia is a relatively new treatment option. The most effective procedure for coagulation and vaporization of the prostate is not yet known. In a prospective randomized study of 30 patients, 2 techniques for the delivery of laser energy were compared at 40 W for 90 s. The complications were minimal and antegrade ejaculation was preserved in 15 of 18 potent men. In 24 patients urodynamics evaluation was possible. In both groups a significant reduction in the symptom score was observed. The decrease in detrusor pressure at maximal flow and the increase in flow rate were, however, disappointing. No significant difference in the results was found between the two groups. The power setting needs to be changed in further studies.