Geavlete B, Multescu R, Dragutescu M, Jecu M, Georgescu D and Geavlete P. “Transurethral resection (TUR) in saline plasma vaporization of the prostate vs standard TUR of the prostate: 'the better choice' in benign prostatic hyperplasia?” BJU International. January 2010, doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2010.09433.x. 

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency, safety and short-term outcome of transurethral resection in saline plasma vaporization of the prostate (TURis-PVP), and to compare it to the standard TUR of the prostate (TURP).
RESULTS: Patients from both series had similar preoperative characteristics. TURis-PVP and TURP were successfully performed in all cases (75 and 80, respectively). The operative duration, catheterization period and hospital stay were significantly shorter for TURis-PVP patients at 35.1 vs 50.4 min, 23.8 vs 71.2 and 47.6 vs 93.1 h, respectively (all P < 0.05). At the 1, 3 and 6 months follow-ups, improvements in the variables measured were better in the TURis-PVP group: the IPSS was 4.4 vs 8.3 and the Qmax was 22.7 vs 20.5 mL/s at 1 month; the IPSS was 4.8 vs 8.6 and the Qmax was 22.3 vs 20.0 mL/s at 3 months; and the IPSS was 5 vs 9.1 and the Qmax was 21.8 vs 19.3 mL/s at 6 months (All P < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: TURis-PVP represents a valuable endoscopic treatment alternative for patients with BPE, with superior efficacy, short-term results and complication rates compared with monopolar TURP.
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