BPH Treatment Options
As men age, it is very common for their prostate to continue growing larger, which will often cause issues between age 50 and 60, and beyond.
An enlarged prostate is medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. This condition describes a prostate that has grown large enough to exceed its natural boundaries and begin to push down on the urethra.
A Variety of Treatment Options
For many years a transurethral resection of the prostate has been the standard for treating issues of an enlarged prostate. While this surgery is still very suitable for this purpose, advanced technologies have made it possible for less invasive options to become just as effective.
This procedure is especially recent, as it was approved by the FDA in 2015 for use in the treatment of BPH. The Rezūm System utilizes water vapor to break up lesions in the tissue of the prostate. With these lesions now broken apart, the urinary channel no longer has formations of tissue pressing upon it, and is able to easily pass urine once again.
The UroLift ® System is a new, minimally invasive approach to treating BPH for patients looking for an alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery. The UroLift System is a straightforward procedure that utilizes tiny implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is performed with regional or general anesthesia and involves the placement of a working sheath in the urethra through which a hand-held device with an attached wire loop is placed. High-energy electrical cutting current is run through the loop so that the loop can be used to shave away prostatic tissue.
Aquablation of the prostate is a minimally invasive water ablation therapy combining image guidance and robotics (AquaBeam®) for the targeted and heat-free removal of prostatic tissue in men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The AquaBeam utilizes proprietary heat-free high-velocity waterjet technology to resect and remove prostatic tissue.
Holmium Laser Enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) is a more precise alternative to the standard Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) procedure for urinary symptoms due to enlarged prostate/benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is done either as an outpatient, or may require a 1 night overnight stay, depending on the size of the prostate.