Lumenis laser saves Haitian men from dying of enlarged prostates

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In Haiti, Lumenis is supporting the efforts of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti and Dr. Mitchell Humphreys of the Mayo Clinic to save the lives of men suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and prevent life-threatening complicatios.

December 16, 2013 -

With all of the medical disasters happening in earthquake and storm ravaged Haiti, it is very hard to believe that people in Haiti are dying of enlarged prostates also referred to as BPH, a condition that is easily treated in developed countries.

An enlarged prostate is very common in men age 50 and older and is primarily a quality of life condition associated with progressive lower urinary tract symptoms. When symptoms are severe and untreated they can lead to serious medical conditions, such as kidney failure.  Kidney failure requires dialysis, but in Haiti there are no resources to offer dialysis to patients, therefore, patients can actually die. 

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A patient being treated with HoLEP

Dr. Mitchell Humphreys, urologist with the Mayo Clinic in Arizona is taking a leading part in a humanitarian effort in storm-ravaged Haiti to save the lives of those with enlarged prostates.

Dr. Humphrey wrote the following thank you letter to Lumenis:

“I wanted to thank Lumenis with our deepest gratitude for its support of the recent mission to Haiti. It couldn’t have been a bigger success.  There were many challenges along the way, but we were able to overcome them all. We hoped to do 25 HoLEP’s in 5 days and ended up doing close to 40 surgical procedures! The accomplishments are a testament to your support and the team. We consider Lumenis a crucial part of our team!

To share a brief story with you, there was a 71 year old man who had a foley catheter in place for over 15 years.  He was used to carrying his urine bag on his head as he had nowhere else to carry it. He left the hospital in tears, because he said that we gave him his dignity back, he could walk with his head held high (and urine bag), he could urinate again and lay with his wife. He extended his deepest appreciation and his life has forever been changed. He said, “I am just grateful someone else would think of us and want to help.  There are many stories like this one that wouldn’t have happened without your support”.

Dr. Humphreys continued, “Again I want to thank you and hope that we can continue this mission in the future as there is so much need. Your technology and philanthropy are essential to the sustainability of trips like this and on behalf of the entire team and me personally – thank you!”

The HoLEP procedure pioneered by Lumenis, is a minimally invasive surgery which requires no incisions, suitable for prostates of any size, suitable for anti-coagulated patients and has only 1% reoperation rate. The HoLEP procedure is being used with Lumenis’ VersaPulse PowerSuite 100W holmium laser & VersaCut Tissue Morcellator

VersaPulse PowerSuite 100W holmium laser is aversatile product enabling superior clinical outcomes for BPH and a wide range of other medical conditions. These conditions include a variety of different BPH treatment techniques, laser lithotripsy for stones of all types and composition, as well as other soft tissue applications, such as tumors and strictures.

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