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Prostate Cancer

What is Transureteral Needle Aplation?

09/22/2004

Question:

What is transureteral needle aplation?

Answer:

It is a procedure used to destroy prostate tissue.  It is useful in the management of men with enlarged non-malignant prostates that are causing urinary symptoms.

Small needles are placed in thje prostate and the tissue is heated and subsequently destroyed with an electrical current.  Typically performed in the office as an outpatient procedure, it can be performed under sedation or no anesthesia.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University