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North Shore-LIJ Physician Is First to Use Thulium Laser for Prostate Surgeries

November 22, 2013

Zeph Okeke, MD

LAKE SUCCESS, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that Zeph Okeke, MD, urology physician at the Smith Institute for Urology , was the first doctor in the United States to remove an enlarged prostate using the second-generation Thulium Fiberlaser system from Germany-based company StarMedTec.

 Prostate surgeries using lasers have been performed for decades in the U.S., usually with the holmium laser. Treating enlarged prostates with lasers usually results in a shorter hospital stay, less bleeding and fewer  risks of other complications. The thulium laser produces similar results to a traditional surgical prostatectomy without any incisions. The thulium laser is a continuous laser that can be more precise than a holmium laser, which is a pulsed laser.

 Dr. Okeke has performed eight procedures using the thulium laser since he began using this method at the end of October. Louis Kavoussi, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s chairman of urology, noted that the laser is slated to be used in kidney tumor procedures in the coming weeks.

  “Using this laser allows us to decrease the length of a patient’s hospital stay and provide them with high-quality results so they can return to their everyday lives sooner,” Dr. Okeke said.

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