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Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA)

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Updated December 21, 2009

Definition: Transurethral needle ablation is a surgical technique in which excess prostate tissue from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is destroyed through radiofrequency energy.

"Antennas" that project into the tissue from a small fiberoptic camera cause the damage by emitting heat energy.

Pronunciation: trans yur E thral NEE dle a BLA shun (TUNA)
Also Known As: TUNA
Alternate Spellings: TUNA
Examples:
He decided to undergo a transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) to remove excess tissue from his prostate because he had an enlarged prostate.

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