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The PLASMA system for transurethral resection of the prostate: a NICE medical technologies guidance update

Knight, Laura, Peirce, Susan ORCID: and Morris, Rhys 2021. The PLASMA system for transurethral resection of the prostate: a NICE medical technologies guidance update. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy 19 , pp. 665-672. 10.1007/s40258-021-00651-7

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Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men commonly occur as a consequence of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostate enlargement. Treatments for this can involve electrosurgical removal of a section of the prostate via transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). This can be performed using either monopolar or bipolar electrosurgery. Bipolar TURP uses saline for irrigation rather than glycine, which drastically reduces the risk of TUR syndrome complications, thus allowing for increased procedure time if needed. The PLASMA system (formally known as TURis) is a bipolar TURP electrosurgery system used to treat LUTS secondary to BPH. National guidance recommending the use of TURis in the UK NHS was issued in 2014 by NICE and we now report the updated contribution from Cedar that was included in the update of that guidance for 2021. The evidence in this review suggests that the PLASMA system could be beneficial to patients in relation to hospitalisation and catheterisation time compared with monopolar TURP (mTURP). However, it appears to be comparable to mTURP for urological outcomes and worse for post-operative haematology outcomes such as decline in sodium and haemoglobin levels. Adverse events, however, occurred much less with PLASMA use.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Adis / Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1175-5652
Funders: NICE
Date of Acceptance: 15 April 2021
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:50

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