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Plasma therapy offers less invasive treatment for enlarged prostate

Gentle, effective and economical: with the TURis plasma vaporization electrode from Olympus, excess prostate tissue can be removed very gently and safely in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is the most common non-malignant disease of the prostate. If medicinal therapy fails, transurethral resection (TUR), i.e. the removal of the affected tissue through the urethra, is the most effective form of treatment. In Germany alone, this surgical procedure is currently performed in about 60,000 patients annually.

Olympus now offers urologists a solution in which the hypertrophic prostate tissue is vaporized. For the first time the TURis plasma vaporization electrode combines the advantages of vaporization with the benefits of bipolar resection, thereby combining maximum effectiveness with the lowest possible side effects. The prostate tissue is vaporized rapidly and effectively and the surface is simultaneously gently coagulated. In this way, bleeding is minimised from the outset.

As in other established bipolar technologies, the use of physiological saline solution as the irrigation fluid and a locally restricted current flow (avoidance of an external neutral electrode) does not harm surrounding tissue and nerves, minimizes tissue denaturization and avoids TUR syndrome. This virtually bloodless treatment method also reduces catheter indwelling times and hospital stays because of the gentle technique – an advantage both for physicians and patients.

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