Water Vapour Prostate Steam Therapy
Dr Elmes offers this new minimally invasive treatment option for an enlarged prostate. Water Vapour Prostate Steam Therapy is a treatment for BPH that uses the stored thermal energy in water vapour (steam) to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing symptoms such as frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining and getting up at night to urinate.
Water Vapour Prostate Steam Therapy provides the following benefits:
Potential alternative to BPH medications
Relieves symptoms safely and effectively
Provides noticeable symptom improvement within two weeks
Preserves sexual and urinary functions
Allows patients to return to regular activities within a few days
How does Water Vapour Prostate Steam Therapy work?
Inside a hand-held device, radio frequency energy is applied to a few drops of water to create vapour (steam). The water vapour is injected into the prostate tissue that is blocking the flow of urine from the bladder, where it immediately turns back to water, releasing the energy stored in the vapour into the cell membranes. At this point, the cells are gently and immediately damaged, causing cell death. Over time, your body will absorb the treated tissue through its natural healing response. Some patients may require a Supra pubic catheter (SPC) - may be necessary post procedure for patients who are at higher risk of failing to urinate
When will I see results?
Symptom improvement following the procedure is gradual. During the clinical study significant symptom improvement was seen in as soon as two weeks. Responses to the treatment can and do vary and may take longer.
Is it the right treatment option for me?
Patient’s who are experiencing the below BPH symptoms may be suitable for the Water Vapour Prostate Steam treatment:
- Urinary frequency and urgency
- Weak stream
- Stopping and starting when urinating
- Straining to begin urination
- Nocturia – increased night time urination
Dr Elmes will discuss with you the various options available and help decide on the best treatment option for treating your anatomy and symptoms to ensure improved quality of life.
We also ensure that patients who undergo this procedure are provided with post operative information to ensure they have a speedy recovery. This is provided directly to the patient prior to their procedure.