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J Urol. 1999 Nov;162(5):1645-7.

A randomized comparative study of the Bandloop versus the standard loop for transurethral resection of the prostate.

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Department of Urology, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Japan.



The Bandloop is a new electroresection loop that is broader than the standard loop and thickens from front to back. We compared the safety and efficacy of the Bandloop to the conventional loop electrode for transurethral prostatectomy.


A randomized prospective study was performed on 53 patients with lower urinary tract symptoms and estimated prostatic volume greater than 30 ml. on transrectal ultrasonography. The Bandloop was used in 25 cases (Bandloop group) and standard loop was used in 28 (standard group). Surgical outcomes, including International Prostate Symptom Score, resected prostatic weight, operative time, uroflowmetry, post-void residual urine, postoperative catheterization period, time to disappearance of macrohematuria, and serial changes of hemoglobin and urinalysis, between the 2 groups were compared.


A total of 23 Bandloop and 28 standard loop cases were evaluable. There was no difference in preoperative estimated prostatic volume (mean 44.7 versus 47.8 ml.), resected prostatic weight (36.5 versus 29.4 gm.) or operative time (61 versus 60 minutes) between the 2 groups. The ratio of resected weight-to-estimated prostatic volume was significantly greater in the standard group (81.4% versus 61.9%). There was no difference in postoperative catheterization period (3.3 versus 3.4 days) or time to disappearance of macroscopic hematuria (5.0 versus 5.0 days). Postoperative changes in symptom score (-15.1 versus -15.9), maximum flow rate (11.8 versus 16.3 ml. per second at 12 weeks) and residual volume (-31.6 versus -48.6 ml. at 12 weeks) demonstrated no significant difference between the 2 groups. There was no difference in intraoperative and postoperative bleeding estimated by serial changes in serum hemoglobin and urinalysis after surgery. No patient had major complications or required transfusion.


Transurethral prostatectomy using the Bandloop is as safe and effective in achieving subjective and objective improvements as standard transurethral prostatectomy. However, our randomized study indicates that the Bandloop offers no advantage compared to the standard loop electrode for transurethral prostatectomy.

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