Another First for Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre's World-Class Urology Program
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2023
By Raiili Pellizzari
Photo: MOSES 2.0 is a holmium laser system that can be used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and kidney stones. For more information about HoLEP, as well as services and surgeries offered at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, visit www.tbrhsc.net.
It’s another incredible milestone reached for Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC)’s urology program.
On June 8, 2023, TBRHSC became the first in Canada to perform holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) using MOSES 2.0, the latest innovation in urological laser technology.
“We are continually growing our urology program to provide our community with leading edge treatments,” says Dr. Hazem Elmansy, urologist at TBRHSC. “With advanced energy delivery to the tissue, this latest MOSES technology will improve the care experience for patients being treated for BPH or kidney stones by reducing surgery time and anesthesia use.”
MOSES 2.0 is a holmium laser system that can be used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and kidney stones. In the case of large prostate procedures, the benefits of MOSES 2.0 are a significant reduction in bleeding, anesthesia use, and length of surgery. For treatment of kidney stones, this technology fragments stones faster and more efficiently. There is also a decreased likelihood of ureteral stone migration complications.
Since acquiring the initial version of the MOSES technology in 2020, more than 400 patients have been treated at TBRHSC with enlarged prostates or kidney stones. Patients are successfully discharged on the same operative day, without a catheter or requiring re-treatment.
“With the expanding clinically proven benefits of MOSES 2.0, the improved efficiency and less anesthesia time also means we will be able to treat more patients waiting for these procedures,” explains Dr. Elmansy. “Our population in Northwestern Ontario deserve the best care, and we are committed to providing it.”
This upgrade to MOSES 2.0 technology was made possible thanks to our generous donors. “I would like to thank every donor. Their generous contribution allows us to incorporate cutting-edge technology to our urology practice and improve patient care in northwestern Ontario,” said Elmansy.
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Fundraising continues for the MOSES 2.0 upgrade. To donate, please visit www.healthsciencesfoundation.ca/urology or call the Foundation’s Donation Centre at 807-345-4673.