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Urol Int. 2006;76(2):139-43.

A prospective randomized study for comparing bipolar plasmakinetic resection of the prostate with standard TURP.

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Department of Urology, Zonguldak Karaelmas University School of Medicine, Zonguldak, Turkey.



To compare clinical results of plasmakinetic (PK) resection vs. standard monopolar resection of the prostate, i.e. transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).


48 patients were included in this study between January 2003 and October 2003. They were randomized into two groups (TURP:PK) with a ratio of 1:1. PK resections (n = 24) were carried out by using PlasmaKinetic Tissue Management System (Gyrus Medical Ltd, Cardiff, UK) and PlasmaSect electrodes. TURPs (n = 24) were done by using a 26-Fr continuous-flow resectoscope and Karl Storz 27040 electrodes. Patients were assessed for safety and efficacy by measuring the IPSS and maximum flow rates at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months and residual urine measurement at 3, 6 and 12 months and transrectal ultrasonography at 6 months.


The patients' ages ranged from 50 to 82 (mean 64 +/- 10) years. Groups were similar for operation time, bleeding score, resected tissue, catheterization time and irrigated volume. Mean serum Na levels at the end of the operation were 141.7 +/- 5.1 in the TURP group and 145.2 +/- 4.4 in the PK group (p = 0.013). The IPSS, QOL score and Q(max) had improved significantly in the postoperative period without any differences in either group.


The main advantage of PK resection seems to be decreasing the risk of TUR syndrome, thus, larger prostates could be treated without a time limitation, theoretically. However, this technique brings no advantages in terms of intra- and postoperative bleeding, hospital stay, operation time and late complications.

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