Glossary of Terms

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Enlargement of the prostate not caused by cancer.

Bladder A pouch of flexible muscle where urine is temporarily stored before voiding out of the body through the urethra.

Catheterization A thin, flexible tube (catheter) is passed into the bladder to allow urine to drain.

Plasma is an electrically conductive cloud or gas that is created when radio frequency energy contacts the tissue. This conductive cloud or “plasma” allows the energy to cross at lower energy levels.

Prostate A walnut-shaped gland in men that surrounds the urethra at the neck of the bladder and supplies the fluid for semen.

Resection Removal of a portion or all of an organ or other structure.

Resectoscope A narrow, tube-shaped instrument used to visualize the urologic anatomy and resect tissue.

Urethra The canal through which urine leaves the bladder to exit the body.

Vaporization The transition of a solid (tissue) directly into a gas.