What minimally invasive treatment is available for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

Updated: Feb 19, 2021
  • Author: Levi A Deters, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Minimally invasive treatment

  • Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP)

  • Laser treatment - Used to cut or destroy prostate tissue; multiple laser types are available, including green light, holmium, and thulium, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses

  • Transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT) - Generates heat that causes cell death in the prostate, leading to prostatic contraction and volume reduction

  • Transurethral needle ablation of the prostate (TUNA)

  • High-intensity ultrasonographic energy therapy - Currently in the clinical trial stage

  • Prostatic stents - Flexible devices that expand when put in place to improve the flow of urine past the prostate

  • Laparoscopic prostatectomy

  • Implanted devices to relieve prostatic obstruction (eg, UroLift)

  • Prostate artery embolization - Performed by a radiologist; this technique has yet to become established as a standard-of-care therapeutic option

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

For patient education information, see Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment.


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