What happens after holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP)?
- Tissue removed during surgery will be tested in the laboratory for any abnormal findings.
- The patient will be seen by the doctor following surgery to monitor recovery and to repeat tests, such as urinary flow rate, bladder scan, and symptom score. These tests gauge the effectiveness of the surgery. Typically, patients are seen at six weeks and six months after surgery.
- The use of pelvic floor exercises (also known as Kegel exercises) as soon as possible can help improve problems with urinary incontinence.
How long is the healing process?
Most patients need at least one to two weeks of rest at home before they can return to work. Some patients may require three to four weeks of recovery time before going back to work, especially if the job is physically strenuous. No heavy lifting should be attempted during the recovery period; however, patients are expected to walk and do light activities.