Postoperative Outcomes of Plasmakinetic Transurethral Resection of the Prostate Compared to Monopolar Transurethral Resection of the Prostate in Patients with Comorbidities
Sinanoglu O, Ekici S, Tatar MN, Turan G, Keles A, Erdem Z. Urology. 2012 Jun 13. [Epub ahead of print]


Department of Urology, Maltepe University School of Medicine, Maltepe, Istanbul, Turkey.



To compare the 12-month postoperative clinical data in patients with comorbidities undergoing plasmakinetic enucleation of the prostate (PK-TURP) and monopolar transurethral resection of the prostate (M-TURP) for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).


The data of 165 patients undergoing either PK-TURP or M-TURP from September 2006 to December 2010 were retrospectively evaluated in terms of erectile function. Decrease in Hb level at 24-hour follow-up, variations in serum Na(+) at 2-hour follow-up, and 12 month postoperative International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), Q(max.), postoperative International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) scores and urethral stricture rates were evaluated.


A total of 85 patients underwent M-TURP and 80 patients PK-TURP. In all, 62 patients in M-TURP group and 71 patients in PK-TURP group had one or more comorbidities (P = .01). The operative times were 59.8 ± 17.8 versus 60.3 ± 23.8 (P = 0.539). The postoperative 12-month IIEF scores of PK-TURP patients were significantly higher than those of M-TURP patients (M-TURP; 14.5 ± 6.9, PK-TURP; 17.4 ± 8.9, P = .04). IPSS and Q(max.) were similar in both the M-TURP and PK-TURP treatment arms (10.9 ± 8.1 versus 9 ± 7.9, P = .187 and 18.9 ± 4.8 versus 18.8 ± 6.4, P = .905). Urethral stricture rate was 3/62 in M-TURP versus 8/71 in PK-TURP treatment arm, P = .171).


Both modalities yielded similar results with respect to IPSS and Q(max.). The postoperative IIEF in BPH patients with comorbidities appeared to be significantly higher in the PK-TURP group. Although urethral stricture rates seemed higher in the PK-TURP arm, the difference was not statistically significant.