Impact of New Technologies on the Natural History of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
A number of recent technological advances have been made in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), creating considerable expectation of improved management of the condition. Since these advances predominantly involve interventional therapy, they require critical evaluation of their efficacy and effectiveness. Unfortunately, the shortcomings of some of these therapies are often hidden by the relatively uncritical analysis of open, short-term studies. From both the medical practitioner’s and the patient’s perspectives it is clear that any new interventional therapies must be seen to have some definite benefit over the use of transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) in the management of BPH.
KeywordsBenign Prostatic Hyperplasia Balloon Dilatation Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy Interventional Therapy Peak Flow Rate
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