Water vapour therapy?

What is water vapour therapy?

While there are medications available for BPE, their effectiveness varies and many of them present potential side effects.

On the other hand, surgery is not always an option. Water vapour therapy is a minimally invasive treatment1 that can reduce your symptoms without the need of prescription medications.

This therapy works by delivering very small amounts of steam to the enlarged prostate. It damages the cells causing obstruction and reduces the overall size of the prostate with the aim of relieving symptoms of BPE. The procedure is completed in a single visit.

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What do patients say?

Enlarged prostate can affect your quality of life. Water vapour therapy is helping men similar to you gain relief from frustrating BPE symptoms affecting their lives and the people closest to them.

Why choose water vapour therapy?

If you're suffering from BPE, water vapour therapy provides numerous benefits.

  • It allows to move away from long-term medications and their potential side effects.
  • Clinical studies show that water vapour therapy relieves symptoms safely and effectively2,3.
  • Most patients see a reduction in symptoms within two weeks3.
  • Preserves erectile functions2.
  • Preserves urinary functions2.
  • Ability to return to regular activities within a few days2*
  • Symptom relief that lasts3.
  • No permanent implant.

Is water vapour therapy right for me?

The best way to find out is by talking with your physician to determine if water vapour therapy is the right treatment option for you, based on your symptoms and treatment goals.

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Does water vapour therapy have any risks?

Does water vapour therapy have any risks?

All treatments have inherent and associated risks. Water vapour therapy is intended to relieve symptoms and obstructions, and reduce prostate tissue associated with BPE.

Potential risks include but are not limited to painful urination, blood in the urine, blood in the semen, decrease in ejaculatory volume, suspected urinary tract infection, and urinary frequency, retention or urgency.

You should talk with your physician about benefits and risks before moving forward with any treatment option.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may benefit from water vapour therapy?
Clinical studies show that many men living with benign prostate enlargement experience symptom relief with water vapour therapy. It’s a treatment to consider when simple lifestyle changes aren’t enough, or when medications or other minimally invasive or surgical BPE procedures are not an option.

How quickly will I notice improvements?
According to clinical studies, most men experience symptom relief two weeks to three months after the procedure.3 However, patient responses can – and do – vary depending on the individual symptoms and health state.

How soon can I return to regular activities?
Clinical studies show that most men return to regular activities within a few days.2 To have a more precise estimate if this can be your case, you should discuss with your urologist, who will be able to give you more personalised recommendations.

Will I continue to need prostate medication after water vapour therapy?
Most patients are able to discontinue prostate medication within a few weeks after the procedure. However, as with any medication, it is recommended to consult with your doctor before making any changes to your dosage.3

How long do the improvements last?
Current clinical studies demonstrate sustained symptom improvement for up to four years after the treatment, and studies are ongoing to determine longer-term patient outcomes.3

How does the aftercare look like?
The ongoing aftercare lasts for approximately one week, depending on the condition. A catheter is inserted after the procedure because of the initial swelling. It usually has to remain in place for two to five days, but time may vary depending on the individual symptoms and health state.

How painful is this therapy?
Water vapour therapy is a minimally invasive treatment, which means that no incision is required and the procedure is done using natural body orifices.

Can water vapour therapy cause erectile dysfunction?
There are no reports of developing erectile dysfunction as a direct result of water vapour treatment. However, be sure to talk with your urologist about your individual health situation.

*Dependent on individual clinical situation and healing response.
References

  1. The procedure doesn’t require any incision and is done using natural body orifices.
  2. McVary KT, Gange SN, Gittelman MC, et al. Minimally invasive prostate convective water vapour energy ablation: A multicenter, randomized, controlled study for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2016 May;195(5):1529-38.
  3. McVary KT, Rogers T, Roehrborn CG. Rezūm water vapour thermal therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: 4-year results from randomized controlled study. Urology Gold Journal. 2019 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print]

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