In our last blog post, we discussed GreenLight Laser Therapy for the treatment of BPH—benign prostatic hyperplasia. Today, we're going to talk about Rezūm.
As with all content on Greater Boston Urology's blog, the following information is educational in nature, not medical advice. Always talk to your physician about your specific health care questions concerning BPH.
[Editor's note: This article was reviewed and updated on 9/20/21.]
BPH is the enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH can cause urinary issues, such as increased frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining, and getting up at night to urinate.
Rezūm therapy uses steam to treat BPH. It’s minimally invasive, preserves sexual and urinary function, and is extremely effective, among many other benefits.
How does it work? As the Rezūm website explains, "Inside a hand-held device, radiofrequency energy is applied to a few drops of water to create vapor (steam). The water vapor 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 vapor 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."
Greater Boston Urology’s Dr. Ryan E. Frankel was among the first in the area to use the Rezūm procedure for BPH. Below, he discusses Rezūm in depth.
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