Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a localised enlargement of the prostate gland in ageing adult men. It affects approximately 50% of men over the age of 50, and up to 90% of men over 80. This excess growth of tissue compresses and obstructs the urethra, reducing the flow of urine from the bladder and sometimes blocking it entirely. As the symptoms increase, they can greatly impact a man’s quality of life.
It is not currently known why the prostate continues to grow for the majority of men beyond middle age; however, over time, this enlargement often pushes in on the urethra, which will eventually reduce the flow of urine. Patients also feel the need to go to the bathroom more often or feel like their bladder is not fully emptying. Over time, if not treated, the bladder will become thickened as it tries to force the urine through the urethra, which may make it less flexible and more irritable. It is important to talk to your urologist and try to resolve your BPH before this occurs as it may become more difficult over time to reverse the symptoms you are experiencing.
Rezūm is a treatment for BPH that can be performed in a clinic or out-patient setting. Rezūm uses the stored thermal energy in water vapour (steam) to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing symptoms such as frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining and getting up at night to urinate.
Inside a hand-held device, radiofrequency energy is applied to a few drops of water to create vapour (steam). The water vapour is injected into the prostate tissue that is blocking the flow of urine from the bladder, where it immediately turns back to water, releasing the energy stored in the vapour into the cell membranes. At this point, the cells are gently and immediately damaged, causing cell death. Over time, your body will absorb the treated tissue through its natural healing response.
Talk With Your Doctor
- Ask your doctor if Rezūm is a good treatment option for you.
- Review your International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) with your doctor.
- Simple, minimally invasive, in-office or out-patient therapy.
- Does not require general anaesthesia.
Rezūm Your Life
- Return to regular activities within a few days.
- BPH symptom improvement in as soon as two weeks.
Mr Anil Vohra is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital and specialises in all aspects of core urology and erectile dysfunction. He has a further clinical interest in laser prostate surgery, endourology, laparoscopy/minimally invasive surgery and female urology.
For men with benign prostate enlargement and problems with urinary retention, Mr. Vohra has ample experience with medical therapy as well as laser surgery of the prostate (HoLEP) and now offers the new minimally invasive procedure of Rezūm steam treatment.
He has further clinical expertise in Bladder Dysfunction and management of patients with prostatic enlargement. He now offers the minimally invasive procedures of Rezūm steam treatment.
How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital
For any enquiries, to book an initial consultation or to request more information, please contact our dedicated hospital enquiry team at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital on 01277 695 631