For many men, the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can be a source of discomfort and frustration. These symptoms, which can include urinary urgency, frequent nighttime urination, and difficulty starting and stopping the flow of urine, can significantly impact one’s quality of life. While there are various treatment options available, Aquablation has emerged as a very effective and low side effect procedure offered at Huntsville Memorial Hospital to provide relief for BPH patients.
Understanding Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Before delving into Aquablation, it’s important to comprehend the condition it treats – BPH. BPH is a common condition that affects men as they age. The prostate, a walnut-sized gland located just below the bladder, can grow larger over time, leading to a range of urinary symptoms. While BPH is not cancerous, it can cause bothersome issues and impact a man’s daily life.
Traditional BPH Treatments
In the past, treatment options for BPH were limited and often involved medications or surgical procedures that had potential side effects and longer recovery times. Some of the most common approaches include:
Medications: Alpha-blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors are often prescribed to manage BPH symptoms. While they can be effective, they may have side effects like dizziness, sexual dysfunction, or fatigue.
Surgery: Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and other surgical procedures have been used to remove or reduce excess prostate tissue. These surgeries are effective but come with risks and longer recovery periods.
Aquablation: A Minimally Invasive Breakthrough
Aquablation is an advanced procedure that has revolutionized the treatment of BPH.
At Huntsville Memorial Hospital, with specially trained Urologist management we are proud to offer this innovative approach to our patients Here’s what you need to know:
How Aquablation Works
Aquablation combines advanced robotics and high-precision imaging with the power of water to remove excess prostate tissue. The procedure is guided by a robotic system, which allows for precise and personalized treatment. During the procedure, high-velocity water jets are used to sculpt and remove the obstructing tissue, all under the control of a skilled urologist.
Key Benefits of Aquablation
High Precision: The use of robotics ensures an accurate and tailored treatment, reducing the risk of complications.
Shorter Hospital Stay: Many patients can return home the same day or the day after the procedure.
Effective Results: Aquablation has shown to provide significant relief from BPH symptoms, improving urinary flow and overall quality of life.
Fewer Side Effects: Compared to other treatments, Aquablation has a lower risk of sexual side effects.
Is Aquablation Right for You?
Aquablation is a viable option for many BPH patients, but it’s important to consult with a urologist to determine if this procedure is the best choice for your specific situation. Factors such as the size of the prostate and your overall health will be considered when evaluating your candidacy for Aquablation.
Aquablation for BPH represents a significant step forward in the management of this common condition, providing effective relief with fewer side effects and a shorter recovery period.
If you or a loved one is dealing with the frustrating symptoms of BPH, reach out to explore whether Aquablation is the right solution for you. We are dedicated to improving your quality of life and helping you regain control of your health.
To learn more about Aquablation and how it can benefit you, schedule a consultation with our urology team today.