The Latest in Prostate Treatment

January 30, 2019 - 3:06 pm

BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia is an enlargement of the prostate which is seen in nearly 50% of men over 50 and 90% of men over 80. Dr. Justin Harmon, a urologist at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, says when the prostate gets larger, it compresses the urethra and reduces the flow of urine. Symptoms of BPH include frequent urination, irregular urine flow, urgency, weak stream and the need to get up at night to go to the bathroom.

Traditional treatment includes medication and/or surgery. Dr. Harmon explains that medication may have side effects, including sexual side effects and dizziness. Surgery also has issues that men may want to avoid, including problems with anesthesia, bleeding and the risk of infection.

Now there's a third option, Rezūm. According to Dr. Harmon, in this treatment, a small scope is used to inject water vapor into the enlarged prostate tissue. The procedure takes place in the office using a local anesthetic to the prostate and urethra and only takes 10-15 minutes. He says following the procedure, patients may need antibiotics and a catheter for a few days. And some patients will see a noticeable improvement in symptoms in just two weeks.