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Transurethral Ultrasound-guided Laser-induced Prostatectomy

at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

Struggling with prostate disease takes a toll on your quality of life and at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital we have the best specialists in urology able to offer you the treatment necessary to alleviate your symptoms. Thanks to the constant development in medical techniques and technology, the TULIP procedure performed at our hospital presents far lesser risks than other medical options and a better recovery rate. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital our dedicated staff will make sure your rehabilitation will happen under the best medical conditions and in the most efficient way.

TULIP is one of the first five laser systems designed for the treatment of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and it is mainly used in a medical intervention called transurethral ultrasound-guided laser-induced prostatectomy - an alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate.

TULIP is a technology that utilizes the side-firing principle under ultrasound guidance. The surgeon inserts a laser into the urethra in order to make incisions in the prostate so that the urine can flow more easily from the bladder. Non-contact side-firing laser fibers operate by the creation of deep coagulation necrosis of the prostatic tissue without direct tissue contact. These contact fibers have the ability to vaporize tissues at sufficiently high power when they are in contact with them. Basically, under ultrasound guidance, the prostate is irradiated in a systematic way by an Nd: YAG laser source.

This procedure has several advantages over the transurethral resection of the prostate and these are related to reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stay, lower risk of impotence, or other sexual dysfunctions.

Also, the instrumentation used for such an intervention is smaller than the one used for transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), creating a reduced chance of urethral stricture.

TULIP has certain risks that have been noticed during the practice years and they relate to irritative symptoms in the early postoperative phase or prolonged catheterization time. Also, as the prostate is vaporized, no tissues will be available for histology examination. Discomfort or pain when the patient is urinating is more common after a laser prostatectomy than after TULIP.