Rezum and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

July 23, 2021

As a man ages, his prostate may become larger: a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). When the enlargement causes pressure on the urethra, it causes a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms that are disruptive to life like urinary frequency, urgency, dribbling and getting up frequently at night.

Fortunately, there have been multiple recent advancements in minimally-invasive technologies that address BPH. Rezum water vapor therapy is a cutting-edge, all-natural alternative to taking medications or having other surgeries to alleviate symptoms. Rezum is an option for the treatment of BPH. Rezum works to improve urinary symptoms by inserting sterile water vapor (steam) into the prostate gland during nine second intervals. The procedure consists of two to seven injections, each nine seconds long. The amount of treatments during the procedure will be determined based on the size of the prostate.

Both the prostate and the penis are numbed. The Rezum device is inserted, a needle is deployed and vapor is injected into the prostate for nine seconds. This vapor disperses between cells, then cools, releases heat, and gently disrupts the prostate’s cells. The procedure takes one to two hours, depending on the size of the prostate.

With the extra prostate tissue removed, the urethra opens, reducing BPH symptoms. Over time, the body’s natural healing response absorbs the treated tissue, shrinking the prostate. Most patients begin to experience symptom relief in as soon as two weeks, and maximum benefit may occur within three months

Benefits of Rezum compared to other procedures:

-It is all-natural
-It does not use implants
-It is flexible in treating most prostate sizes and configurations
-It is minimally invasive
-It does not cause new onset, sustained ED or ejaculatory dysfunction
-It has excellent durability

If you are interested in discussing BPH treatment options like Rezum for your urinary symptoms, contact Austin Urology Institute for an appointment with Dr. Shaw at 512.694.8888.