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HealthWatch: Rezum Treats an Enlarged Prostate

TAMPA, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- There are more than three million cases a year in the US of enlarged prostate, also known as BPH. The condition is very common in men over 60, and among other things, causes difficulty with urination and creates a feeling of urgency. But now doctors are turning to nature for treatment. 
Jason Horvath didn't think he'd walk again.
"I literally think I was knocking on death's door," Horvath shared.
Horvath's enlarged prostate made life miserable. It's a problem that affects millions of men.
 "I couldn't work. I couldn't function. I lay in bed in pain because I knew I couldn't empty my bladder. I was in dire straits," Horvath continued.
But then water … got him back on his feet. Jared J Wallen, MD, a Florida Hospital Urologist used the Rezum steam vaporization system to remove extra tissue from the prostate- in a 30-minute office treatment.
Doctor Wallen explained, "The steam is used to treat the tissue to be vaporized or ablated which essentially causes the tissue to die in that very small area near the needle and then over time, the body actually reabsorbs the tissue." 
Studies show this steam treatment can improve symptoms by 50 percent and it can provide relief for three years. It can also preserve sexual and urinary functions.
"Previous treatments for BPH were either an electric cauterize loop which used electrical energy or things like a laser," said Dr. Wallen. 
But for Horvath, water did wonders.
"Everything fell in line. I was destined to be healed," said Horvath. 
Healed with one of nature's most basic elements and a little help from science. 
Doctor Wallen says some common side effects of Rezum may be related to minor swelling in the prostate.  They include: increased urgency, frequency, burning with urination, difficulty urinating, or bladder spasms for a few days up to a few weeks after the procedure.
Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Emily Maza Gleason, Field Producer; Travis Bell, Videographer; Hayley Hudson, Assistant Producer; Robert Walko, Editor.
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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS
RESEARCH SUMMARY

TOPIC:     REZ?M TREATS AN ENLARGED PROSTATE
REPORT:    MB #4392

BACKGROUND: Benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, also known as prostate gland enlargement, is a common condition in older men. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable symptoms and urinary problems such as blocking the flow out of the bladder. It can also result in kidney and bladder problems. There are several effective treatment options for this condition, including minimally-invasive therapies and surgery and medications. Other possible causes of urinary symptoms that may appear similar to those of BPH are urinary tract infections, narrowing of the urethra, bladder or kidney stones and cancer of the prostate or bladder.  BPH accounted for more than 4.4 million office visits, 117,000 emergency department visits, 105,000 hospitalizations, and 21 to 38 million hours in lost productivity in the United States.

SYMPTOMS: Severity of symptoms in people with prostate gland enlargement will vary, but symptoms are known to gradually worsen over time. Common signs and symptoms of BPH include increased frequency of urination throughout the day and into the night, difficulty starting urination, dribbling at the end of urination and inability to completely empty the bladder. Less common signs and symptoms may include inability to urinate, blood in the urine, or a urinary tract infection. The size of the prostate won't necessarily determine the severity of symptoms, as some men with only slightly enlarged prostates may have significant symptoms while others with severely enlarged prostates can only have minor urinary symptoms.
(Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia/symptoms-causes/syc-20370087 
 
NEW TECHNOLOGY: Rez?m is a minimally-invasive RF thermal therapy procedure in which a device is inserted into the urethra to treat BPH that can be performed in a clinic or out-patient setting in 30 minutes. Using a hand-held device, Rez?m delivers radiofrequency generated thermal therapy in the form of water vapor directly into the extra prostate tissue that is causing the related BPH urinary symptoms. This treatment provides a potential alternative to BPH medications, relieving symptoms safely and effectively. It provides noticeable symptom improvement within two weeks after the procedure, and preserves sexual and urinary functions, allowing patients to return to regular activities within a few days. Studies show Rez?m can improve symptoms by 50 percent and provide relief for three years. Side effects could include pain associated with the procedure, urination urgency and frequency, and is not approved for prostate cancer treatments. Dr. Wallen says, "It has low complication or side effect rate … minor bleeding in the urine, need for a second procedure or second treatment, and common side effects of oral sedation such as drowsiness." For almost all patients, Rez?m could be a potential treatment. For a select few patients that have bladder or prostate stones and associated pain, or very large prostates (120+cc), other surgical options may be better.
(Source: http://www.rezum.com/the-rezum-system/ and Jared J Wallen, MD)

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS REPORT, PLEASE CONTACT:

Richelle Hoenes
Richelle.hoenes@ahss.org 
941-544-0961

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