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Urologist achieves surgical milestone with prostate procedure

 A Yale New Haven Hospital urologist recently completed his 100th surgery using a laser technique to relieve benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).

Yale New Haven Hospital is the only Connecticut medical center to offer Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). Daniel Kellner, MD, assistant professor of clinical urology, Yale School of Medicine, has performed more than 100 HoLEP procedures. 

An enlarged prostate can restrict urine flow, causing frequent urination and weak flow. It can often damage the bladder or kidneys. HoLEP uses a Holmium laser to peel away the inner portion of the prostate that is constricting the urethra. This minimally invasive procedure requires no incisions and causes less bleeding, allowing many patients to go home the same day of the procedure. 

Dr. Kellner performed the HoLEP procedure on Joseph Dzeda, 77, in September.

“Before my surgery, I was getting up every 45 minutes at night and I never felt like I completely emptied my bladder,” Dzeda said. “The first week of September I had my surgery, which was remarkably efficient. For the first time in years, I can sleep through the night.”

“It’s very exciting to be able to offer HoLEP to our patients as an alternative to other, more invasive surgeries,” Dr. Kellner said. 

Find out more about BPH and HoLEP