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Office-based minimally invasive treatments for BPH symptoms

Office-based minimally invasive treatments (MITs) are usually used for men with either moderate or severe symptoms of enlarged prostate (BPH). There are a number of different types of MITs. However, each MIT is a single, office-based procedure. And many MITs allow a man to return to his work and everyday activities quickly. Also, all MITs use some form of heat to treat the prostate tissue causing urinary symptoms.

An MIT can be the first treatment option or can be used as a second option, if medication has proven ineffective at reducing symptoms or traditional surgery is undesirable. MITs include the following types:

Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT)

With this minimally invasive treatment, a small catheter is inserted through the urethra to reduce the amount of prostate tissue with microwave heat. During the procedure, sedation or general anesthesia is often required for pain management. However, your doctor will decide how to best manage the pain associated with treatment. The most common side effect of TUMT is the need for patients to wear a catheter for up to several weeks in order to drain urine from the bladder. Erection problems and blood in the urine are also possible side effects. Products commonly used to perform TUMT include the Targis® System, TherMatrix® System and CoreTherm® System. Ask your doctor if you would like to learn more about these TUMT systems.

The Prolieve Thermodilatation® System

Prolieve Thermodilatation® System combines balloon compression with microwave heat. The procedure requires no general anesthesia or incisions; only a topical anesthetic gel is needed and mild sedation. The treatment generally takes about 45 minutes. During the procedure, a balloon attached to a catheter opens up the urethra within the prostate while microwave heat reduces the enlarged (obstructive) tissue of your prostate, thus improving urine flow.

After the procedure, most men experience few post-treatment complications. Side effects may include pain or soreness, blood in the urine, and bladder spasm. These effects usually go away within a few days. Click here to learn more about Prolieve Thermodilatation® System.

Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA®)

A small needle is attached to the end of a rigid catheter. The needle is heated to reduce prostate tissue. During the procedure, sedation or general anesthesia is often required for pain management. Side effects are minimal. The most common are the need to wear a catheter after the procedure and pain while urinating.

Interstitial Laser Coagulation

A small laser is attached to the end of a catheter. The laser heats and reduces the prostate tissue. During the procedure, sedation or general anesthesia is often required for pain management. Your doctor will decide how to best manage the pain associated with treatment. There are few side effects associated with Interstitial Laser Coagulation. Discomfort and the need to wear a catheter after the procedure are the most common.

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Prolieve Thermodilatation is a trademark of Celsion Corporation

The Prolieve Thermodilatation System is manufactured by Celsion Corp. and is distributed by Boston Scientific Corp..

Targis is a trademark of Urologix, Inc. 
TUNA is a trademark of Medtronic VidaMed, Inc.
TherMatrix is a trademark of TherMatrix Investment Holdings, Inc.
CoreTherm is a trademark of ACMI Corp. 

 

Disclaimer: This material is provided for information purposes only and is not a substitute for a consultation. You should talk with a urologist regarding your specific symptoms or medical condition.

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