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View in Spanish: Resección transuretral con radiofrecuencia

Transurethral radiofrequency ablation (TRANZ-yoo-REE-thrul RAY-dee-oh-FREE-kwen-see a-BLAY-shun)
A procedure that is used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). A small probe that gives off low-level radiofrequency energy is inserted through the urethra into the prostate. The energy from the probe heats and destroys the abnormal prostate tissue without damaging the urethra. Also called transurethral needle ablation.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.