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Yale urologist achieves surgical milestone

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Daniel Kellner, MD

YNHH is the only CT hospital to offer this prostate procedure

New Haven, CT—October 7, 2020-- Daniel Kellner, MD, assistant professor, clinical urology, Yale School of Medicine, surpassed his 100th surgical procedure of Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate, also known as HoLEP. HoLEP is a newer procedure that offers relief for men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate. Yale New Haven Hospital is the only medical center in Connecticut to offer HoLEP.

An enlarged prostate can restrict the flow of urine causing frequent urination and a weak urine flow, and often, can damage the bladder or kidneys. HoLEP uses a Holmium laser to peel away the inner portion of the prostate that is constricting the urethra. This minimally-invasive procedure requires no incisions, it allows for less bleeding, and as a result, a good percentage of patients are going home the same day.

Joseph Dzeda, age 77, underwent the HoLEP procedure with Dr. Kellner three weeks ago, and he is very pleased with the outcome. “Before my surgery, I was getting up every 45 minutes at night to urinate and I never felt like I completely emptied my bladder,” Mr. Dzeda said. “The first week of September I had my surgery, which was remarkably efficient, and upon discharge to have normal urination, it was surprising. For the first time in years, I can sleep through the night.”

Dr. Kellner says, “It’s very exciting to be able to offer HoLEP to our patients as an alternative to other, more invasive surgeries, and to have achieved more than 100 procedures, I am very pleased that we can offer this procedure to men here at Yale New Haven Hospital.”

Learn more about Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), part of Yale New Haven Health, is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826, today, YNHH has two New Haven-based campuses, and also includes Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties.