“At a power setting of 70 W, the CW thulium laser displays a higher tissue ablation rate, reaching 6.56+/-0.69 g after 10 minutes, compared to the 80 W KTP laser (3.99+/-0.48 g; P<0.05). Only 30 seconds were needed to resect tissue with the same surface area using TURP”
Systematic evaluation of a recently introduced 2-microm continuous-wave thulium laser for vaporesection of the prostate.
Wendt-Nordahl G, et al.
TmLRP-TT was significantly superior to TURP in terms of catheterization time (45.7+/-25.8h vs. 87.4+/-33.8h, p<0.0001), hospital stay (115.1+/-25.5h vs. 161.1+/-33.8h, p<0.0001), and drop in hemoglobin (0.92+/-0.82 g/dl vs. 1.46+/-0.65 g/dl, p<0.001), whereas it required equivalent time to perform (46.3+/-16.2 vs. 50.4+/-20.7 min, p>0.05). TmLRP-TT and TURP resulted in a significant improvement from baseline in terms of subjective symptoms scoring and urodynamic finding, but no significant difference was found between the two groups. Late complications were also comparable.
Eur Urol. 2008 Feb;53(2):382-89. Epub 2007 Jun 4.
Thulium laser versus standard transurethral resection of the prostate: a randomized prospective trial.