When benign prostatic hyperplasia results in voiding problems such as acute or chronic urinary retention, transurethral prostatectomy is often necessary. We have evaluated 24 patients, treated with an intraprostatic spiral, during waiting time for transurethral prostatectomy. The spiral treatment was a success in 21 patients. Three patients had a transurethral prostatectomy before scheduled time due to spiral failure, 2 with urinary retention, 1 with severe local discomfort. We conclude that spiral treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia while waiting for transurethral prostatectomy has a high success rate and is recommended as a favorable alternative to an indwelling urethral catheter.

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