Bipolar Plasma Enucleation of the Prostate: 5 Years Outcomes

J Endourol. 2019 May;33(5):396-399. doi: 10.1089/end.2019.0050.


Background: Aim of our study is to assess outcomes and safety of button bipola transurethral enucleation of the prostate (B-TUEP) in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) caused by benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) in a single-center cohort study. Materials and Methods: All patients with LUTS caused by BPE undergoing button B-TUEP between May 2012 and December 2013 were prospectively enrolled in our study. Data on clinical history, physical examination, urinary symptoms, erectile function, uroflowmetry, and prostate volume were collected at 0, 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60 months. Early and long-term complications were recorded. Results: Overall 50 patients were enrolled at baseline. Nine patients were excluded during the 5 years. All patients completed the procedure without severe complications. In terms of outcomes, improvement in International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) were sustained for all 5 years and mean difference from baseline at 5 years was 17 points. As well, improvements in Qmax (maximum urinary flow rate) were sustained for all 5 years and mean improvement at 5 years was 16 mL/second. Erectile function was slightly improved after surgery and maintained for the following 5 years. Conclusions: Our single-center study suggests that B-TUEP may have excellent outcomes at 5 years with no recurrence. Further multicentre studies should confirm our results.

Keywords: bipolar plasma enucleation; long term; outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / surgery*
  • Quality of Life
  • Transurethral Resection of Prostate*
  • Treatment Outcome