What is BPH?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) leads to prostate enlargement in approximately 50% of men less than 60 years of age and up to 90% of men 85 years of age. An enlarged prostate can push on the urethra, reduce the flow of urine from the bladder, and in some cases causes complete urinary tract obstruction.
Symptoms of BPH include:
• frequent urination;
• irregular current;
• urge to urinate;
• weak current;
• urinary pressure;
• nocturnal urination.
Treatment of BPH
Don't feel comfortable with surgery, but refuse to take the medication? Choose a unique and gentle treatment of the prostate by applying steam, the so-called REZUM technology. It is a mini-invasive procedure that alleviates the symptoms of BPH in men with an enlarged prostate and at the same time does not have an adverse effect on sexual function. It is performed under local anesthesia and does not require hospitalization. The number of steam treatment cycles depends on the size of the prostate.
Steam treatment uses the thermal energy of steam. Safety data from clinical trials are favorable and have shown relief of BPH symptoms.
The treatment cycle lasts 9 seconds. Sterile steam is applied to the affected prostate tissue. When steam condenses back into a thermal state, thermal energy is released, which leads to the death of prostate cells.
During the natural healing process, the patient urinates dead cells and consequently the volume of the prostate decreases, it stops pressing on the urethra (obstruction), the symptoms of BPH are alleviated. In most patients, the symptoms improve within two weeks after the procedure, with the maximum effect occurring within three months. Patients' response to surgery may vary.
Are you interested in a consultation or treatment with REZUM technology? Contact us and find out if this method is suitable for you.
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McVary KT, Gange SN, Gittelman MC, et al. Minimally invasive prostate convective water vapour energy (WAVE) ablation: A multicentre, randomised, controlled study for treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2016 May;195(5):1529-38.