Thulium laser resection of the prostate-tangerine technique (TmLRP-TT) is a transurethral procedure that uses thulium laser fiber to dissect whole prostatic lobes off the surgical capsule, similar to peeling a tangerine. To our knowledge we report the first prospective, randomized study comparing TmLRP-TT and standard TURP for symptomatic BPH.
From November 2004 to December 2005, 100 consecutive BPH patients were randomized for surgical treatment with TmLRP-TT (n
TmLRP-TT was significantly superior to TURP in terms of catheterization time (45.7
TmLRP-TT is an almost bloodless procedure with high efficacy and little perioperative morbidity. TmLRP-TT is superior to TURP in safety and is as efficacious as TURP in 1-yr follow-up. It is a promising technology in the clinical practice field.
Keywords: Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Prostatectomy, Laser surgery, Thulium, Tangerine technique.
Department of Urology, First People's Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200080, China
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