Press Release: Potomac Urology Center Is the First in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC to Offer the Optilume BPH Catheter System

DMV-area patients now have access to this next-generation BPH treatment providing clinically-proven, immediate and lasting results

Alexandria, Virginia – 5/2/2024 – Potomac Urology Center announced today that it is the first Urology practice in the state to offer patients the Optilume® BPH Catheter System for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Typically administered as an outpatient procedure, Optilume BPH is a new, safe and effective minimally-invasive procedure that provides patients with immediate improvement in urinary symptoms and quality of life.

As men age, it’s common to encounter prostate enlargement, leading to a condition known as BPH. In fact, BPH affects 70% of men 60-69 years of age and 80% of those 70 years of age or older. The prostate surrounds the tube responsible for transporting urine and semen, known as the urethra. With BPH, as the prostate grows larger, it exerts pressure on the urethra, potentially causing interruptions in the natural flow of urine.

“Optilume for BPH offers a novel minimally invasive surgical technique for the treatment of BPH. With results seen as early as two weeks, patients can expect a significant lasting improvement in their urinary flow,” notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra who recently completed the first procedure at Potomac Urology’s outpatient surgical center.

The FDA-approved Optilume BPH Catheter System revolutionizes the treatment paradigm by providing immediate and durable symptom relief for men experiencing BPH induced lower urinary tract symptoms, including frequent trips to the bathroom, day and night; weak, slow or intermittent flow; urgent need to pee; and inability to fully empty bladder.

Optilume BPH is a drug-coated balloon that is inserted into the urethra via a telescopic camera, to the prostate. Once in the prostate, the balloon expands creating an opening, and releases the safe and proven drug paclitaxel, into the open prostate. When the drug coating is fully released, the balloon is deflated and removed. The drug prevents re-fusion of the lobes during healing, keeping the prostate open, restoring the flow of urine and relieving bothersome BPH symptoms.

Highlights of the Optilume BPH Catheter System include:

  • Clinical studies show Optilume BPH is safe and effective
  • Immediate and durable symptom relief
  • Minimal catheter time post-procedure
  • No impact on sexual function
  • Quick recovery
  • Highest clinically reported flow rates of any minimal invasive therapy
  • In-office/outpatient procedure
  • No cutting, heating, burning, lasering, steaming, or implantation

Patients interested in a consultation should call 703-680-2111 to schedule an appointment. Alternatively, patients can schedule a visit via the practice’s online Book Appointment feature to schedule an appointment.

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