Analysis of present status for surgery of benign prostatic hyperplasia in Korea using nationwide healthcare system data

Byeong Jo Jeon, Hong Chung, Jae Hyun Bae, Han Jung, Jeong Gu Lee, Hoon Choi

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    Purpose: There are no established statistical data available for the comparison of different surgical methods adopted for the resection of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This study investigates the present status related to BPH surgery in Korea for the past 8 years. Methods: National-level data from the National Health Insurance Service and National Statistical Office were analyzed in this study. From 2010 to 2017, the trends of surgeries for BPH were reviewed according to the procedure code including transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP), or high-power potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP), and this trend also analyzed by age, geographic distribution, and hospital type. Results: Over the past 8 years, there was not much change in the total number of BPH-related surgeries (range, 10,393- 11,072). Although there was not much alteration in the number of conventional TURP (from 6,801 in 2010 to 6,645 in 2017), the number of HoLEP has dramatically increased (from 278 in 2010 to 3,805 in 2017). The number of HoLEP surgeries after 2011 exceeded the number of surgeries using KTP, and the gap is anticipated to rise. The number of surgeries by age group was most common in the 70s and the total number of surgeries is decreasing in all age groups; for HoLEP, the trend is steadily increasing over the age of 60 years. Most of the BPH surgeries were performed in metropolitan areas, such as Seoul, Gyeonggido, and Busan, and in larger hospitals compared to smaller hospital settings. Conclusions: Through the data of the National Health Insurance Service, we could apprehend the present status of BPH-related surgery in Korea. Then, we could know about the trend according to several factors and we think these results will be valuable as academic references as well.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-29
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Neurourology Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Prostatectomy
    • Prostatic hyperplasia
    • Transurethral resection of prostate

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Neurology
    • Clinical Neurology
    • Urology


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