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AORN J. 2003 May;77(5):979-83.

Bipolar transurethral resection of the prostate--a new approach.

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  • 1Gyrus Medical, Inc, Maple Grove, Minn, USA.


Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common problem among older men. Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a common surgical procedure for treatment of BPH. Typically, TURP is performed using monopolar electric current and a wire electrode; however, the irrigating solution used during this procedure has the potential to cause transurethral resection (TUR) syndrome. A new technology uses bipolar electrosurgery, which creates less risk of electrical shock, and saline irrigation, which eliminates the risk for TUR syndrome.

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