Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate gland affecting 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60, and up to 90% of men over the age of 80. This enlargement can compress the urethra, reducing the flow of urine from the bladder, and sometimes blocking it entirely.
If you are one of the millions of men dissatisfied with current BPH treatment options, such as medications or surgery, Rezum water vapor therapy is a safe and effective new option designed to transform your BPH treatment experience.
What is Rezum?
Rezum is a form of water vapor therapy that uses thermal energy from steam and treats prostate tissue. A Jackson Urologist, using a handheld device, will apply energy to steam and inject this vapor into the prostate. Inside the tissue, the vapor will return to water vapor and release the energy, killing the cells blocking urine flow. The water vapor is issued in nine-second bursts until the area has been appropriately treated. The body’s natural response is to reabsorb the dead tissue over time.
Because of how quick and painless the process is, it is generally an out-patient or in-clinic procedure. Patients are typically given a sedative, with an oral anesthetic being the most common. Type and quantity of anesthetic is up to your Jackson Urologist. Patients are generally able to drive themselves home after treatment.
In as little as two weeks, patients find urinary symptoms disappear or are alleviated. After a few days, under your doctor’s discretion, you can resume daily activities with no issues.
A major benefit of Rezum is that the process preserves sexual function, a factor not accounted for in most BPH treatment. Rezum is a targeted treatment, where the doctor has more control over what cells are killed and can spare others vital to daily function - both urinary and sexual. Regardless of prostate size or prior surgeries, Rezum has proven effective at alleviating symptoms in all trials.
There is the possibility of catheterization. A little over half of all patients have a catheter prior to their discharge, and fewer than one in five need one after leaving the hospital or clinic. In these cases, the average amount of time a catheter is still required is about four days.
Rezum is not for you if you have a history of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), or if you have had prostate radiation.
It is important to note that Rezum is used as a one-time therapy, the first of its kind, and is meant to reduce symptoms of BPH. All symptoms may not disappear, though in conjunction with other medications will be alleviated significantly.
Rezum is covered by most insurance companies.