Prospective Short-Term Evaluation of Transurethral Needle Ablation Procedure in an Ambulatory Setting
Cornu JN, Desgrandchamps F, de la Taille A, Vicaut E, Aout M, Lukacs B. Urol Int. 2012 Oct 26. [Epub ahead of print]


Urology Department, Tenon Hospital, Paris, France.


Objective: To assess the results of transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) (Prostiva®, Medtronic, France) performed in an ambulatory setting in men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)/benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Materials and Methods: A multicenter open-label study was conducted. Short-term success was defined by ability to leave the hospital on the evening of the intervention, and absence of rehospitalization due to complications during the first postoperative month. Sexual and urinary functions were evaluated by validated questionnaires. Results: The procedure was successful in 44/49 patients. Sexual and ejaculatory function was not affected or slightly improved in the majority of patients. Urinary parameters improved with a 32% decrease in the International Prostate Symptom Score. At 1 month postoperation, more than 80% of patients were satisfied, and 36/41 patients were prepared to undergo the procedure again if needed. Our study was limited by the short follow-up duration. Conclusions: TUNA can be successfully performed in an ambulatory setting under local and/or general anesthesia with a high level of patient satisfaction and a low short-term morbidity, especially on sexual function. Thus, the procedure is a suitable mini-invasive option for patients who cannot/do not want to take medical therapy or undergo invasive surgical procedures, or want to preserve their sexual function.