Aquablation Has Come to Austin
November 16, 2020
Aquablation of the prostate is a new type of treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH.
At Austin Urology Institute, we are proud to be among the few selective practices in the Austin area to offer this advanced, one-of-a-kind, minimally invasive therapy.
What is Aquablation Therapy?
Aquablation therapy harnesses the power of water delivered with robotic precision and guidance to provide long-lasting relief from BPH or enlarged prostate symptoms without compromising important quality of life aspects such as sexual function. Treatment is precise, consistent, predictable, and provides long term relief no matter how small or big your prostate is.
Aquablation works by surgically removing prostate tissue with water. There are no incisions involved on your abdomen or belly. It is performed in a hospital under anesthesia and takes less than an hour. The postoperative period usually involves an overnight stay.
What are the steps to Aquablation Therapy?
Every prostate is unique in size and shape. Aquablation therapy enables our surgeons, Dr. Tsai and Dr. Shaw to customize your procedure to your specific anatomy. Aquablation therapy integrates ultrasound imaging with the camera, called a cystoscope, to see the entire prostate in real time, which allows a tailor-made map and plan to treat your unique prostate gland. During this process, we are able to avoid removing parts of the prostate that can cause irreversible side effects such as erectile dysfunction (ED), ejaculatory dysfunction, and incontinence.
After a surgical map of the prostate has been created, a robotically-controlled, heat-free waterjet then begins to remove the prostate tissue that was outlined from the map. Robotic technology minimizes human error and ensures precision.
What are Aquablation Side Effects?
In clinical studies, men who had Aquablation therapy had a very low rate of irreversible complications such as incontinence, ejaculatory dysfunction, and erectile dysfunction.
0% of men following aquablation therapy had any impact on their erectile function, orgasm function, sexual desire, intercourse satisfaction or overall sexual satisfaction. Nearly all men with BPH were able to preserve ejaculatory function following the procedure. 99% of men following Aquablation also did not have incontinence.
Potential side effects following aquablation therapy may include prostate tissue regrowth, return of symptoms, bleeding, retention.
Is Aquablation Therapy Right for me?
Aquablation therapy is a unique procedure that employs robotic-precision with a novel treatment therapy. There are many reasons men seek this therapy. With this said, not all prostates are created equal and not all therapies will provide long-lasting relief and cure. If you are suffering from or believe you may be having BPH-related symptoms, it is important to start the conversation with either your primary healthcare provider or establish care with your Urologist. At Austin Urology Institute, Dr. Shaw and Dr. Tsai, are proud to offer a multiple treatment options for BPH and are available to consult with you to personalize your treatment plan.