Vol. 42 (4): 740-746, July – August, 2016

doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2015.0477


Shuichiro Kobayashi 1, Masataka Yano 1, Takayuki Nakayama 1, Satoshi Kitahara 1

1 Department of Urology, Tama-Nambu Chiiki Hospital, Tokyo, Japan


Purpose: To determine the predictive factors for postoperative urinary incontinence (UI) following holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) during the initial learning period.
Patients and Methods: We evaluated 127 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia who underwent HoLEP between January 2011 and December 2013. We recorded clinical variables, including blood loss, serum prostate-specific antigen levels, and the presence or absence of UI. Blood loss was estimated as a decline in postoperative hemoglobin levels. The predictive factors for postoperative UI were determined using a multivariable logistic regression analysis.
Results: Postoperative UI occurred in 31 patients (24.4%), but it cured in 29 patients (93.5%) after a mean duration of 12 weeks. Enucleation time >100 min (p=0.043) and blood loss >2.5g/dL (p=0.032) were identified as significant and independent risk factors for postoperative UI.
Conclusions: Longer enucleation time and increased blood loss were independent predictors of postoperative UI in patients who underwent HoLEP during the initial learning period. Surgeons in training should take care to perform speedy enucleation maneuver with hemostasis.

Keywords: Blood Loss, Surgical; Lasers; Learning; Prostatic Hyperplasia; Urinary Incontinence

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