Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are one of the most common health issues in men and pose a significant economic challenge in healthcare. Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) remains the gold standard surgical treatment for medically refractive LUTS secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. The institution of medical therapy and the development of several minimally invasive surgical therapies (MISTs) began in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Together, these therapies brought about a change in the natural course of the disease, stimulating investigation into the economic consequences of various management approaches. TURP has been observed to have higher complication rates, but better efficacy and lower retreatment rates compared to MISTs. Staying abreast of the evolving understanding of LUTS and the alternative treatment options is imperative for radiologists.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Lower urinary tract symptoms
- Minimally invasive surgical therapies
- Transurethral resection of the prostate