Quality of life assessment before and after transurethral resection of the prostate in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms

Kia Fatt Quek, Chit Sin Loh, Wah Yun Low, Azad Hassan Razack

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Objectives'. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of surgical treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in a Malaysian population by evaluating the quality of life before and after treatment. Patients and methods: The study group comprised 111 LUTS patients (age 69.56 ±7.94 years, mean ±SD ) who were assessed 1 week before and at 3, 6 and 12 months after treatment using the healthrelated quality of life (HRQOL-20) questionnaire, a visual analogue scale (VAS), the present pain intensity (PPI) scale and the international prostate symptom score (I-PSS). Results: Preoperatively the patients suffered more pain, severe prostatic symptoms, impaired disease-specific quality of life and a reduction in healthrelated quality of life. Postoperatively the patients showed a significant reduction and improvement in pain, prostatic symptoms, and disease-specific and health-related quality of life. Conclusions: The results showed that the operative procedure significantly improved the overall quality of life of patients with LUTS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-364
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Journal of Urology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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