Principles of Electrocautery-Based Techniques

Aaron M. Bernie, Richard Lee

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Electrosurgically based transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) represents the gold standard in endoscopic treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It has been performed in some form for almost 100 years for BPH in men with both symptomatic lower urinary tract symptoms and bladder outlet obstruction. Multiple electrosurgical transurethral options are available. These range from the classic monopolar TURP to the newer laser and bipolar technologies. Early interventions typically were performed with the monopolar TURP systems, but newer technology has led to the use of bipolar TURP and allowed for studies looking at both immediate and long-term outcomes. In this chapter, we will discuss monopolar and bipolar TURP as well as a comparison of these two techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMale Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118437889
ISBN (Print)9781118437995
StatePublished - 10 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • BPH
  • Bipolar
  • Electrosurgical techniques
  • Electrovaporization
  • Monopolar
  • Transurethral resection


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