Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common problem for men. BPH is the enlargement of the prostate which eventually restricts or prevents the flow of urine through the prostate and out of the body. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), BPH, a non-cancerous condition of the prostate, affects more than 50% of men over the age of 60 and as many as 90% of men over the age of 70. While the causes are not certain, it is considered that BPH may be the result of hormonal changes that occurred as men age. Hormonal changes are thought to cause an overgrowth of the tissue cells in the prostate.
The prostate gland is a male organ about the size of a walnut, located just below the bladder and at the base of the penis. The prostate produces part of a man's seminal fluid. Symptoms from BPH can include burning upon urination, urinary tract infection, blood in the urine, urinary leakage, and the feeling that the bladder does not empty completely. The symptoms of BPH can be especially disruptive to patients' sleeping pattern and daily activity. Performing a Trans Urethral Prostate Resection (TUR-P) is the most common way to treat the condition of BPH.
About the Procedure
Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) has been successfully used to treat the symptoms of BPH since the 1930s.
The GyrusPK technology is a significant innovation and improvement in prostate resection surgery (TURP). The Gyrus Plasma Kinetic resectoscope creates a plasma vapor pocket around the active cutting electrode in a safe saline environment allowing tissue coagulation during resection. The improved surgical control result in excellent intra-operative visualization for the surgeon, reducing the potentially serious complications when compared to the standard TURP. The Gyrus system allows for early removal of the urinary catheter and hospital discharge.
The procedure involves inserting a scope, a light source, and an instrument in to the urethra which is irrigated with saline. Patients are under general or spinal anesthesia and are treated as hospital "short stays" or as outpatients. The surgeon uses the GyrusPK instrument to remove excess prostatic tissue. Relief from the symptoms of BPH quickly follows the procedure.