TURis Plasma resection of the prostate- a new technology for treatment of BPH (Mr Simon Woodhams & Mr Paul Carter)
What is BPH?
(BPH) is an enlarged prostate gland . The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate gets bigger, it may squeeze or partly block the urethra. This often causes problems with urinating. Over half of all men over 50 have BPH symptoms, with the percentage growing to 80% of men over 80. Due to the overall aging of society, the number of men seeking treatment over the next 20 years is expected to increase.
The transurethral resection in saline (TURis) device is a bipolar electrosurgery system designed for use in transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) for benign prostatic hyperplasia. The procedure principle remains the same using the TURis as the usual resection of the prostate, however for TURis the electrosurgery procedure is bipolar rather than monopolar and it utilises saline solution as opposed to glycine. With the Plasma resection created bleeding during and after this minimally invasive surgery can be largely avoided with this technique and the use of saline makes the operation much safer.