Half of all men over 50 have an enlarged prostate that can make it hard to urinate and wakes them for frequent trips to the bathroom during the night. If you’re ready to deal with the problem, W. Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, offers an advanced, minimally invasive option: treatment with the Rezūm® System. Just one treatment with Rezūm gives you long-lasting relief from the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. To learn more, schedule an appointment today. Call the office in Conroe or The Woodlands, Texas, or use the online booking feature.
Around the age of 25, the prostate gland starts to grow and keeps getting progressively larger over your adult years. Eventually, this causes an enlarged prostate, a condition that’s also called benign prostatic hyperplasia.
An enlarged prostate doesn’t cause prostate cancer. However, it pushes against the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder and out of your penis. As the prostate squeezes the urethra, it blocks the flow of urine.
Over time, an enlarged prostate causes symptoms such as:
You may not experience symptoms until the urethra is severely blocked and you can’t urinate.
Dr. Buschemeyer III explains what to expect and talks with you about anesthesia options before your procedure. You won’t need general anesthesia because Rezūm is a minimally invasive procedure, but Dr. Buschemeyer III may use a local anesthetic and offer a sedative.
During your procedure, Dr. Buschemeyer III guides the Rezūm device through the urethra and into the area where the urethra passes through the center of your prostate gland.
The device then sends a nine-second burst of water vapor (steam) into the prostate gland. As the steam reaches body-temperature cells, the steam returns to a liquid state, creating energy that kills the cells.
Your body’s natural healing response gradually clears away the dead cells. That reduces the size of your prostate gland, takes pressure off the urethra, and restores the normal flow of urine.
Though each person heals at a different pace, most men start to see an improvement in their urinary symptoms in two weeks. Your body needs time to clear away all the tissue, so you can look forward to a gradual but ongoing improvement over the next three months. Studies show that the results last up to five years.
If you need help with an enlarged prostate, call W. Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, or book an appointment online today.