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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 68-69

Transurethral Resection of Prostate is Still the Gold Standard for Small to Moderate Sized Prostates

Department of Urology, MGM Medical College, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication26-Apr-2016

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Nandan R Pujari
Department of Urology, MGM Medical College, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2394-2916.181223

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Pujari NR. Transurethral Resection of Prostate is Still the Gold Standard for Small to Moderate Sized Prostates. J Integr Nephrol Androl 2016;3:68-9

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Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia has been the gold standard for decades. [1] TURP was first performed by Guyon in Paris in 1901. It is efficient and cost-effective with low complication rate. [1] The complications of TURP include TUR syndrome (0.0-1.4%), UTI (3.6-4.2%), bleeding requiring transfusion (2-2.9%), surgical revision (1-5.6%), failure to void (4.5%), and urethral stricture formation (2.2-9.8%). [2],[3] Bipolar TURP (B-TURP) has an improved safety profile compared to monopolar TURP. [4] The principal advantage is the use of isotonic irrigating fluid, which eliminates the risk of electrolytic disturbance from systemic uptake, such as TUR syndrome. There is a 2% decreased risk of TUR syndrome and 5% reduced the risk of clot retention in B-TURP. [5] Perioperative complications (acute urinary retention, clot retention, and urinary tract infection) were significantly less common in B-TURP (12% vs. 18%), as well as late complications (bladder neck stenosis, urethral stricture, and reintervention) (3.5% vs. 10.5%). Thus, B-TURP is the next generation "gold standard" for benign prostatic obstruction (BPO) because it is associated with a lower rate of clinically relevant complications. [6] In summary, for over ten decades, TURP and its modifications have been considered the cornerstone of surgical management for BPO and have stood the test of time with documented data of efficacy and safety.

Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) has emerged as a surgical alternative to TURP. Gilling and Fraundorfer first reported about HoLEP in 1998. [7] The HoLEP technique is a method of removing the entire prostatic adenoma endoscopically. The HoLEP procedure is composed of enucleation of the prostate adenoma and morcellation of the adenoma within the bladder.

A major disadvantage of HoLEP concerns overcoming the steep learning curve. There is a higher incidence of stress urinary incontinence after HoLEP (10-15%) as compared to TURP, especially in patients with larger prostates (>100 g). Surgical technique of HoLEP tends to induce a higher rate of incontinence than does TURP with the condition lasting longer. [8],[9] The duration of postoperative incontinence is usually 3-6 months. Some surgeons reported permanent incontinence. The operating time is considerably longer in HoLEP. [10] Urgency symptoms were more pronounced after HoLEP compared to TURP in a meta-analysis (5.6% vs. 2.2%). [11] The most dangerous complication that can develop in HoLEP is bladder injury during morcellation. In general, its frequency is around 10% depending on the experience of the surgeon. Other postoperative complications are transient incontinence (8.5%), urinary retention (4.3%), urinary tract infection (1.2%), and urethral stricture (0.6%). HoLEP has been around for more than 17 years but has not been able to replace TURP as the procedure of choice for small to medium sized prostates.

TURP is still the gold standard even now for small to moderate sized prostate glands which comprise the vast majority of cases in any urology practice. HoLEP has not been able to replace TURP as the gold standard in this regard. TURP is a basic surgery which urology residents have to learn and master and should not be misled by the vast literature and hype about HoLEP. HoLEP may be considered equivalent to B-TURP in a small percentage of patients with large prostate glands wherein it obviates the need for open prostatectomy. [12]

In a meta-analysis, there was no difference in early and late postoperative complications between the two techniques. [13] The shorter catheterization time, shorter hospital stay and lesser blood transfusions described with HoLEP is not statistically significant. [13] HoLEP is associated with longer operating time and postoperative dysuria. [14]

TURP is considered the "benchmark for surgical therapies" by the American Urological Association. [15] The European Urological Association considers TURP "the treatment of choice for prostates sized 30-80 mL." [16]

TURP and HoLEP have equivalent outcomes for prostate size <60 g. [12] The surgical cost incurred for performing a HoLEP is many times that of B-TURP due to the cost of the high powered laser. There is the added cost of the laser fiber and the morcellator. In small to moderate sized prostates <80 g, there is no scientific justification for advising HoLEP. In developing countries where availability of high power lasers is limited due to financial constraints, TURP has stood the test of challenges by many modalities and has been the benchmark for prostate surgery for decades for many more years to come till a superior method is conceived.

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Gilling PJ, Fraundorfer MR. Holmium laser prostatectomy: A technique in evolution. Curr Opin Urol 1998;8:11-5.  Back to cited text no. 7
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