Aquablation – A New Treatment for BPH
Aquablation therapy is a new type of surgical treatment for enlarged prostate, also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. At the Prostate Institute at Urology Associates we are proud to be among the first in the Colorado to offer this advanced, minimally invasive treatment.
There are many treatments available for BPH and choosing the right treatment option can seem overwhelming. Aquablation therapy is new procedure that uses the power of water delivered with robotic precision to provide long-lasting BPH relief without the side-effects of medication or the sexual side effects. It is precise, consistent, and predictable, and provides long-term relief even in men who have large prostates.
Dr Alger is one of the first doctors in the area treating patients with Aquablation therapy
How Does Aquablation Therapy Work?
Aquablation therapy surgically removes the prostate tissue causing symptoms, however advancements mean that no incision is necessary as the prostate is reached through the urethra. Aquablation therapy is performed in a hospital and is done under anesthesia, The procedure itself typically takes less than an hour and usually involves just an overnight stay.
Every prostate is unique in size and shape and Aquablation therapy is the only BPH surgical procedure integrates ultrasound imaging to give your doctor the ability to see the entire prostate in real time. This allows your surgeon to map the specific sections of the prostate they want to remove. This mapping gives them better accuracy and allows them to avoid removing the parts of the prostate that cause irreversible complications like erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory dysfunction, and incontinence.
Once your surgeons has created your personalized surgical map, they will use a robotically controlled, heat-free waterjet to carefully remove the designated prostate tissue. The robotic technology minimizes any human error in removing prostate tissue, and ensures the prostate tissue is precisely removed.
What Are the Side Effects of Aquablation Therapy?
We know that the primary reason men are delaying surgery is because they are concerned about side effects. In fact, 85% of men are concerned that surgery will cause incontinence, and 4 out of 5 men are concerned that surgery will have a permanent impact on their sexual function. A big benefit to Aquablation therapy is that it has a very low rate of irreversible complications—incontinence, ejaculatory dysfunction, erectile dysfunction.
The Benefits of Aquablation Therapy
Aquablation therapy has many benefits, and your surgeon can help you decide it is the right procedure for you.
Low Rate of Complication – Aquablation therapy has a very low rates of irreversible complications (incontinence, ejaculatory dysfunction, erectile dysfunction
Accuracy – Aquablation therapy removes prostate tissue with a robotically controlled waterjet. This technology minimizes human error and ensures the prostate tissue is removed precisely.
Long-term Relief – Aquablation therapy has been shown provide long-term relief of BPH symptoms and restore patients to an active lifestyle.
As with most BPH procedures, patients typically stay overnight in the hospital with a catheter. While there is a chance you may go home with a catheter for a few days, most Aquablation therapy patients end up leaving the hospital without a catheter. Once you are home, you may experience mild burning during urination for a couple of weeks, but this can be managed with mild pain medication.
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