Turkish Journal of Urology
ENDOUROLOGY - Invited Review

Evolution of AquablationVR—From innovation to establishment


Department of Urology, University Hospital of Bonn, Bonn, Germany


Department of Urology, Asklepios Westklinikum Rissen, Hamburg, Germany

Turk J Urol 2021; 47: 351-357
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2021.21126
Read: 206 Downloads: 75 Published: 30 September 2021

Technological progress is continuously improving medical care. The urological profession is well-known for further development of technical innovations and quick transfer into daily practice. Robot-assisted surgery, for example, has been part of the clinical routine in modern urological clinics for many years. In the endourological field, the implementation and further evolution of laser-based procedures have dominated research in the last decade. Recently, in 2015, the presentation of a new robot-assisted technique of waterjet-based ablation of prostate tissue raised attention in the society—the AquablationVR therapy. Aquablation therapy has been investigated within several randomized and controlled clinical trials, and—with growing experience— the technique has been modified over recent years to improve the safety of the procedure. Due to the clinical outcome, the number of hospitals performing Aquablation therapy is increasing continuously. This article provides an overview of the technique, its modifications, and the current status of evidence.

Cite this article as: Stein J, Cox A, Hauser S, Ritter M, Bach T. Evolution of AquablationVR—From innovation to establishment. Turk J Urol. 2021; 47(5): 351-357.

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