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NICE has assessed the transurethral resection in saline (TURis) system to help the NHS decide whether to use this product.

An enlarged prostate gland is common in older men and can cause problems in passing urine. If lifestyle changes or medication do not help, surgery to remove prostate tissue may be offered. TURis is a surgical system that uses electric current to remove prostate tissue. NICE has said that the TURis system can be used instead of a surgical system called ‘monopolar transurethral resection of the prostate’ (or monopolar TURP).

Healthcare teams may want to use the TURis system instead of monopolar TURP because:

  • there is no risk of a rare complication called transurethral resection syndrome and
  • it is less likely that a blood transfusion after surgery will be needed.

Compared with monopolar TURP, the TURis system can save money depending on the equipment a hospital currently uses.

Using the TURis system may shorten the time spent in hospital after prostate surgery. It may also reduce the chances of the man having to go into hospital again because of complications from the surgery. The savings are greater if these factors are taken into account.

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This page was last updated: 01 February 2015