Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also called prostate gland enlargement or BPH, is a common condition as men get older. As men age, the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia increases. Approximately 30% of men experience symptoms by age 60 and 50% of men by age 80. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder, difficulty starting the urinary strain, as well as daytime and nighttime frequency. It also can cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.
There are several effective treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia, including medications, minimally invasive in-office therapies and surgery.
Steam therapy is a new minimally invasive, in-office therapy that uses steam to reduce the size of the prostate and alleviate symptoms. This treatment has been shown to effectively eliminate excess prostate tissue, while carrying a low risk of side effects. The procedure minimizes the need for long-term medication to manage benign prostatic hyperplasia and allows patients to return to normal activities quicker. And there are no sexual side effects.
Steam treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is performed in the clinic, takes about one hour. It doesn't require a hospital stay. During the treatment, a tiny needle is inserted into the urethra and positioned within the prostate gland. In nine seconds, the needle produces a steam ball within the prostate that is about 2 centimeters wide. All the tissue the steam touches is shrunk and reabsorbed by the body within 30 to 45 days. The treatment eliminates the extra prostate tissue causing benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms.