Despite the emergence of new surgical techniques to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), open prostatectomy (OP) and monopolar transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) remain the procedures used most by urologists, according to a recent survey.

The survey, to which 600 urologists responded, found that OP and TURP are used by 78% and 73% of urologist, investigators reported in the Canadian Journal of Urology (2012;19:6170-6175).

The investigators found no differences in procedure use when results were stratified by urologist age and year of residency completion.

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