The symptoms of the lower urinary tract associated with a prostatic tumour mainly concern men over the age of 60 . Surgical treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) related to prostate tumours uses a varied therapeutic arsenal. In our context of resource-limited countries, treatment remains predominantly dominated by open-surgery.
Nowadays, the mini-invasive techniques are the most used. Among the surgical techniques, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is still considered as the gold standard for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, but its main disadvantage is represented by blood loss even if it significantly improves urinary symptoms and urinary flow . Laser treatment is becoming an increasingly used, effective alternative to trans-urethral prostatic resection or prostatic adenomectomy. Several lasers (KTP, Ho: YAG, Thulium …) and several techniques (enucleation, vaporisation) are currently available, with more and more studies validating reliability, reproducibility, and gain in terms of sounding time and hospitalization, per- and post-operative bleeding  . Photoselective vaporization of the prostate is a minimal invasive endoscopic treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) obstruction. It uses the light energy produced by a laser source to destroy and remove urethral obstruction due to BPH. It is useful in patients with bleeding disorders .
Laser vaporization of the prostate utilizes the thulium laser section and vaporization capabilities. The material used is a resectoscope, a 1000 μ laser fiber and a 200 W thulium laser generator. The procedure begins with a section at 50 W from the bladder neck to veru montanum at 5 and 7 o’clock. First, the median lobe is vaporized at 150 W. The side lobes are then vaporized.
We report our experience with the results of Thulium laser photovaporization in the treatment of prostatic tumour-related LUTS.
2. Materials and Methods
A prospective study was conducted between November 2018 and August 2019 within the surgical department of the Saint Camille hospital of Ouagadougou. The inclusion criteria were the presence of a symptomatic prostatic tumour with evidence of surgical management. Our study on the use of laser photovaporization in the surgical management of prostate tumors is the first in west Africa. Were included in this study, patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy with failure of medical treatment based on α blockers or those with a malignant prostate tumor advanced and obstructive who required continuous urinary catheterization. This is our first experience with laser in the surgical management of prostate tumors. It is a new technique and also an expensive one for most of the population.
The procedure was performed under spinal anaesthesia after checking the sterility of the urine. The administration of prophylactic antibiotherapy based on ceftriaxone 2 g and gentamycin 160 mg was systematic after the induction of anesthesia.
The prostatic photovaporization was performed using a Thulium YAG 200 W laser supplied by a Thulium system. A 30˚ 26-F continuous flow cystoscope was used with the laser set at 80 W first, 150 W for vaporization, and 50 W for coagulation. The fibre is inserted into the continuous flow laser cystoscope with a separate irrigation channel. Isotonic saline serum at room temperature was used for irrigation. A configuration allowing a continuous flow provided sufficient visibility and cooling of the fibre.
The prostate vaporization was performed under vision using laser fibre with a contact scanning technique. The procedure is performed as an TURP, starting with the bladder neck and the lateral lobes, the anterior lobe, and finally the apical part of the prostate  .
The vesical sounding at the end of the operation was systematic, by the setting up of a double current catheter 22 Fr, balloon inflated at 30 cc with continuous irrigation with isotonic saline serum.
The data collected concerned patient characteristics (age, prostate volume), surgical and post-operative data (duration of intervention, complications, duration of sounding, duration of hospitalization).
The data were entered and analysed using the epi info 7 software.
All patients gave informed consent. Patients were assessed in post-operative at 1 month after the intervention.
3.1. Characteristics of the Study Population
A total of 29 patients secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (24) and malignant prostate tumor advanced with lymph node and bone metastases (5) were treated by Thulium laser prostatic photo-vaporization during 10 months between November 2018 and August 2019.
The average age of patients was 72.58 ± 25.34 years (54 - 84 years). Dysuria, pollakiuria and urinary retention were the reasons for consultation found in all patients. The average prostatic volume was 80.97 ± 15.72 ml (30 - 120 ml), of which 75.86% had a volume less than or equal to 80 ml.
3.2. Post-Operative Management
The average duration of the interventions was 71.24 ± 21.65 minutes with extremes of 15 to 210 minutes. The average prostatic volume was 80.97 ± 15.72 ml. The average duration of hospitalization for patients was 1.93 days (1 - 5 days). Hospitalization was less than 48 hours in 86.2% of patients (Table 1).
The average bladder sounding duration was 1.68 days with extremes ranging from one day to 4 days (Table 2). The bladder catheter was removed at one day in 52% of cases, at two days in 45% of cases, at three days and four days after in 3% of cases.
The complications noticed were a capsular perforation; a urethral striated sphincter lesion and a urinary retention after removal of the catheter. The postoperative course for the patients was uneventful. No dysuria presented by our patients.
The limits of our study are the small sample size, the patient follow-up time and the absence of uroflowmetry to better objectify the urinary obstruction.
Despite these limits, the following comments or discussions may be made.
The average age of patients in our series was 72.58 ± 25.34 years (54 - 84 years). This result was similar to data in the literature showing benign prostatic hypertrophy as a common benign pathology in men over 50 years old and which is responsible for LUTS . These LUTS can have a significant impact on the quality of life and may even be responsible for complications requiring medication or surgery . Bachman , Kumar , Sandhu  found an average of 70.4 years (50 - 90), 72.6 years (67 - 95) and 70.1 years (44 - 92).
In our study, the average duration of the interventions was 71.24 ± 21.65 minutes with extremes of 15 to 210 minutes. The average prostatic volume was 80.97 ± 15.72 ml. The duration of the procedure depends on the prostatic volume, the laser’s power and the operator’s experience. Bachman , noted an average intervention time of 54.5 minutes for an average prostatic volume of 52.2 ml, Kumar  33.5 minutes for a prostatic volume of 53.2 ml and Sandhu  123 minutes for a prostatic volume of 101 ml.
The average operative times varied between 30 and 140 minutes depending on the series . Although the technique was considered by some people to be slower and laborious than a trans-urethral resection of the classical prostate, it did not identify any significant difference between the operative duration of laser photovaporization and that of trans-urethral resection of the prostate .
Table 1. Duration of hospitalization.
Table 2. Bladder sounding duration.
Concerning the duration of hospitalization and vesical sounding, in the literature the tendency is rather towards vesical and short-term hospital stay .
Bouchier-Hayes, 2006  noted an average duration of 12 hour-bladder sounding with a hospital stay of one day. Heinrich, 2007  and Ruszat, 2007  respectively found an average bladder sounding duration of 1.4 days and 1.8 days with a hospital stay of 3.6 days and 3.8 days.
The average duration of hospitalization for patients was 1.93 days (1 - 5 days).
In our series, the bladder catheter was removed at one day in 52% of the cases, at two days in 45% of the cases, and at three days and four days in 3% of cases after sounding.
Our results can be explained by the high prostatic volume, the surgical complications such as: capsular perforation, urinary retention and sphincter lesion; and our first year of experience. Kumar S.M. found a capsular perforation . Other complications have been noted by other authors. Delayed hematuria, urgenturia, urethral stricture were reported by Maleck and colleagues .
The laser thulium allows in addition to the vaporization to perform a prostatic enucleation. This prostatic enucleation allows a gain in time. This makes possible the surgery of prostatic tumors with large volume  .
Laser photovaporization is a new method used in the surgical department of the Saint Camille hospital. This alternative has completely changed the management of symptomatic obstructive prostatic pathologies. The major benefit of photovaporization is the reduction of hemorrhagic risk, the short duration of hospital stay and bladder catheter use.
The achievement of good results and its low morbidity support its importance in the management of prostatic tumours. In our country, its popularization deserves to be encouraged.
Consents of the patients were obtained before publication of this article.
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