Ghani PodcPodcast #17 Laser Physics for Breaking Stones: What the Urologist Should Know
Podcast Summary: In this podcast, Dr. Ghani discusses laser physics and technical parameters for ureteroscopic lithotripsy. I cover the basics of the holmium laser system, characteristics of the HoYAG pulse waveform, peak power and peak power density, and implications for stone fragmentation and efficiency when considering pulse duration, pulse energy, pulse frequency, pulse modulation, total power, and fiber to stone working distance. The relationship between material and fluid absorption, and how this affects safety parameters of intrarenal pressure and heat generation are also discussed.
Endourology Sound Bites Episode #15: The Use of the Holmium Laser in the Management of Kidney Stones
In this episode Dr. Wiseman will discuss decision making in the laser fragmentation of kidney stones. He will discuss choice of fiber size and look at how laser settings of energy, pulse duration, and frequency allow us to fragment and dust stones.
Endourology Sound Bites #16: What is Holding Back Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP)?
In this episode Dr. Miller will review the evidence in support of HoLEP as the new gold standard surgical treatment for BPH and LUTS. She will also critically examine the factors that have played a role in adoption of the technique both in the US and globally.
Endourology Sound Bites Episode #14: Innovations in Minimally Invasive Therapies for BPH
In this episode Dr. Somani discusses some of the new minimally invasive therapies for BPH including water vapor therapy, prostate urolift, aquablation, and prostate artery embolization (PAE). Apart from the technique itself, he also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of these procedures.