Aquablation of the prostate: a review and update

Anthony T. Tokarski, Joon Yau Leong, Claus G. Roehrborn, Asaf Shvero, Akhil K. Das

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION Historically, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) was considered the endoscopic "gold standard" surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Over the years, several other endoscopic procedures emerged, including the size-independent holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). In an effort to reduce the cost and morbidity associated with traditional endoscopic techniques, novel minimally invasive techniques have been developed, one of which is Aquablation. This review is an update of a previously published review article looking at the most recently published available data on Aquablation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This review article covers the technical aspects of Aquablation and provides an update on the recently published literature regarding Aquablation compared to TURP and HoLEP. RESULTS: At up to 3 years of follow up, Aquablation performs favorably when compared to TURP in terms of alleviation of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and preservation of sexual function compared to TURP. Safety profile was similar between Aquablation and TURP. CONCLUSIONS: Aquablation is a safe and effective method of treating LUTS associated with BPH. At up to 3 years of follow up, it has shown a durable with efficacy similar to TURP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalThe Canadian journal of urology
Volume28
Issue numberS2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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