Purpose and Introduction: Social media users are gradually increasing
and spending their time to gather much useful information for
themselves. Here, we analyzed the quality of Holmium Laser Enucleation
of Prostate (Holep) surgery videos on YouTube. Methods: The most viewed
98 videos were included in this study by the search for ‘Holep’ keyword
on YouTube. The Journal of American Medical Association Benchmark Score
(JAMAS) and Global Quality Score (GQS) were used to analyze the videos
after performing validated Holep Scoring System Score (HSSS) by three
surgeons to evaluate the technical quality of videos. Results: The
videos included surgical technique (76.5%) and uploaded by urologists
(63.3%) constituted the majority of videos. The median of JAMAS, GQS,
and HSSS were 1 (0-3), 2 (0-4), and 1.5 (0-11), respectively. The mean
GQS and JAMAS of videos uploaded by academic centers was higher than
those uploaded by commercials and urologists (p=0,01; p=0.01,
respectively). The mean HSSS was lower in the videos uploaded in the
last five years while JAMAS was higher (p=0.03; 0.005, respectively).
The mean GQS and HSSS of videos with higher likes were found
statistically significantly higher (p=0.01; p=0.02, respectively).
Conclusion: Holep videos on YouTube are not enough worth to get proper
information about the surgery. Videos uploaded by academic centers and
in recent years provide relatively more valid information for patients
and urologists. To increase the worth of information, online materials
need to be checked for patients to access accurate, reliable, and
appropriate healthcare information.