Office microwave treatment of enlarged prostate symptoms
The prostate gland is situated below the bladder, and is attached to it. The urethra runs through the center of the gland. As men age, most will develop prostate enlargement. Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include frequent urination, getting up at night to urinate, weak stream, urgent urination, incomplete bladder emptying, and difficulty controlling urination. When the enlargement is benign (non-cancerous), there are many treatment options available, including:
- Medications. Alpha-blockers (such as Flomax® and Uroxatral®) and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (such as Proscar® and Avodart®) are most commonly used, either alone or in combination. However, some men can’t afford them, others get little relief, and others develop side effects.
- Surgery. TURP (the “roto-rooter”), TUIP, open prostatectomy, and other procedures are available. However, some men have milder symptoms and don’t require these procedures.
- Heat-based treatments. After reviewing the latest technologies, our office has adopted TherMatrx® Office Thermotherapy™. TherMatrx® is one of the safest, easiest, and most advanced treatments for enlarged prostate symptoms. TherMatrx® is often a good choice for patients who have mild or moderate symptoms, and milder degrees of prostatic enlargement.
A medical history, physical, examination, blood & urine tests, and urologic evaluation are required to determine if you are a good candidate for TherMatrx®. This breakthrough, high-tech therapy can be performed in the Urologist’s office under local anesthesia. Briefly, after local anesthesia is given, a microwave catheter is inserted through the urethra and prostate, into the bladder, and connected to a computer. With constant monitoring, low-dose microwave energy is delivered to the prostate gland. The microwave catheter is then removed.
Studies indicate that a single microwave treatment can provide long-lasting relief of enlarged prostate symptoms. Roughly 75% of men derive benefit form this type of treatment: they experience improvement in their urinary flow rate and urinary symptoms. Improvement in urinary symptoms usually takes several weeks. In addition, TherMatrx® is one of the safest treatments available. None of the men who participated in the clinical studies developed erection or ejaculation problems. This treatment is covered by many insurance plans.
To find out if you would benefit from TherMatrx®, call our office today to schedule an appointment.
Bruce B. Garber, MD
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010