System is a non-surgical treatment alternative used to treat BPH
in a single, one-half hour session. The treatment is performed on
an outpatient basis and requires oral sedation and local anesthesia.
No serious long-term side effects are associated with the Prostatron
in Europe since 1991, Prostatron has been used to treat thousands
of patients worldwide. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
approved Prostatron in May of 1996 based on the clinical findings
of Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC; Rush Presbyterian
Hospital in Chicago, IL; Kidney Stone Center in Denver, CO; and
the Mayo Clinics in Rochester, MN, and Jacksonville, FL.
Cooled Transuretheral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT) Works
microwave antenna on the probe's surface, microwave energy is transmitted
to continuously heat and destroy enlarged prostate tissue. At the
same time chilled water is circulated inside the probe to protect
the urethra from the heat generated by the microwave energy.
During the Procedure
is performed in the urologist's office or an outpatient surgical
setting. The patient is lightly sedated during the entire procedure,
which takes about 45 minutes.
A flexible probe is placed
into the patient's urethra and positioned in the prostatic urethra
with an inflated balloon in the bladder to seat or anchor the probe.
A plastic rectal probe is placed in the patient's rectum to monitor
rectal temperatures during the procedure.
Once the treatment begins
the patient may experience some mild discomfort. He will also feel
a warming sensation as the temperature increases during treatment.
Chilled water is circulated through the catheter to keep the urethra
cool, increasing the patient's comfort.
After the Procedure
Patients may go home
shortly after treatment. Because the tissue surrounding the urethra
may be swollen after treatment, the patient may go home with a catheter
in place. This allows urine to drain from the bladder while the
swelling and inflammation subsides. Generally, the catheter is in
place for 2-5 days.
For some men the next
few days after the procedure may be uncomfortable. The patient might
have some or none of the following:
- soreness in the lower
- urgency after the
catheter is removed
What to Expect
The patient should not
expect an immediate change in BPH symptoms, as his body is healing
itself. The tissue destroyed by TUMT is gradually re-absorbed by
Within a matter
of weeks the patient will start to see improvement in symptoms.
Most men start to see results in 6-8 weeks.
Just a few years ago the
only options to treat BPH were a lifetime of medication or major surgery.
While these treatments can be successful, they both have disadvantages.
Cooled Transuretheral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT)?
Drugs, which are
relatively expensive and must be taken daily, may not always work.
These drugs have side affects that can cause impotence, headache,
dizziness, and fatigue.
TURP carries the
risks associated with anesthesia and recovery time can be lengthy.
It can also cause severe complications such as incontinence.
With TUMT there
is little risk of impotence or incontinence. And, since it isn't surgery,
the patient won't require general anesthesia with its attendant risks.
TUMT is clinically proven to be effective. The procedure is covered
by Medicare and most insurance carriers.