Andalusia Urology announces new BPH treatment

Published 5:52 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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Andalusia Urology, the office of Robert Long, M.D.,  today announced it has added a new treatment option, Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy — a minimally invasive procedure for men looking to treat their benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), not just the symptoms. Rezūm Therapy uses natural water vapor to reduce the size of the prostate and provide lasting symptom relief from BPH without invasive surgery or the potential side effects of prescription drugs.1

BPH is a condition in which a man’s prostate enlarges and squeezes the urethra, causing frustrating symptoms such as frequent or urgent urination, a weak or interrupted urine stream, and the need to get up several times a night to urinate. It affects about 50% of men by age 60, and 90% of men by age 85.2

“For years, the primary options for treating BPH were through behavior modifications, medications or invasive surgery,” said Dr. Robert Long, Urologist at Andalusia Urology. “However, medications may not work for everyone and may have undesirable side effects. With Rezūm Therapy, we’re able to provide relief of BPH for men who want to avoid invasive surgery and implants.”

During Rezūm Therapy, , natural water vapor is released throughout the targeted prostate tissue. When the steam contacts the tissue and turns back into water, it releases energy, killing the excess prostate cells that squeeze the urethra. Over time, the body’s natural healing response absorbs the dead cells and shrinks the prostate. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, reducing BPH symptoms.

Rezūm Therapy has undergone extensive clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the treatment.1 It is now included in the American Urological Association’s BPH treatment guidelines and has four-year follow-up data showing its ability to treat prostates with hyperplasia of the central zone, lateral lobe and/or median lobe.3

Rezūm Therapy is currently being used in many leading urology practices and hospitals throughout the United States and around the world. To date, more than 55,000 patients have been successfully treated with Rezūm Therapy.

1 McVary KT, Rogers T, Roehrborn CG. Rezūm water vapor thermal therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: 4-year results from randomized controlled study. Urology. 2019 Apr;126:171-9.

2 What is BPH? Urology Care Foundation website.

3 McVary KT, Gange SN, Gittleman MC et al. Minimally invasive prostate convective water vapor energy (WAVE) ablation: A multicenter, randomized, controlled study for treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2016 May;195(5):1529-38.