Cost-effectiveness analysis at 2 years of surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia by photoselective vaporization of the prostate with GreenLight-Photo vaporization 120W versus transurethral resection of the prostate
[Article in English, Spanish] Benejam-Gual JM, Sanz-Granda A, García-Miralles Grávalos R, Severa-Ruíz de Velasco A, Pons-Viver J. Actas Urol Esp. 2013 Nov 30. pii: S0210-4806(13)00351-3. doi: 10.1016/j.acuro.2013.09.012. [Epub ahead of print]

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Servicio de Urología, Hospital de Manacor, Manacor, Islas Baleares, España.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Transurethral resection of the prostate is the gold standard of surgical treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms associated to benign prostate hyperplasia. The new Green Light Photovaporization has been shown to be an alternative that is as effective for this condition as the transurethral resection of the prostate.

OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficiency of Green Light Photovaporization 120W versus transurethral resection of the prostate in the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) in a 2-year time horizon from the perspective of the Spanish health service perspective.

METHODS: A cost utility analysis was performed retrospectively with the data from 98 patients treated sequentially with transurethral resection of the prostate (n: 50) and Green Light Photovaporization 120W (n: 48). A Markov model was designed to estimate the cost (2012€) and results (quality adjusted life years) in a 2-year time horizon.

RESULTS: The total cost associated to Green Light Photovaporization 120W treatment was less (3,377€; 95% CI: 3,228; 3,537) than that of the transurethral resection of the prostate (3,770€; 95% CI: 3,579; 3,945). The determining factor of the cost was the surgical phase (difference: -450€; 95% CI: -625; -158) because admission to hospital after surgery was not necessary with the GreenLight-PhotoVaporization.

CONCLUSIONS: Surgical treatment of BPH patients with GreenLight-PhotoVaporization 120W is more efficient than transurethral resection of the prostate in the surgical treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia as it has similar effectiveness and lower cost (-393€; 95% CI: -625; -158).