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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 413-414

Lasers are superfluous for the surgical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia in the developing world


Department of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110 029, India

Correspondence Address:
Narmada P Gupta
Department of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 029
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.56190

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Lasers have been given much hype as regards their use in surgical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Transurethral resection of prostate (TURP), especially with its modifications still remains the gold standard treatment for BPH, owing to its efficacy and proven advantages over laser prostatectomy. Cost, unproven long-term durability, steep learning curve, and no advantages of laser prostatectomy over TURP and its modifications, make lasers superfluous in the surgical management of BPH in developing countries.


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