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What is REZUM (An Approach to cure BPH)

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WHAT IS REZUM?

 Rezum is a less-invasive transurethral water vapor therapy for benign prostatic enlargement, which uses thermal energy as induction for the treatment. The short-term results show it to have good outcomes with potential for outpatients-based treatment preserving sexual function. Most patients report relatively minor discomfort during the procedure. Rezum water vapor therapy can be performed under oral sedation or local anesthesia. Your urologist will discuss your options for maximizing your comfort during the procedure.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REZUM AND UROLIFT?

There is an apparent difference between these two medical procedures. It is a targeted approach with steam flowing between the cells that overcome the collagen barrier. On the other hand, Urolift is a procedure that utilizes micro-implants to treat the enlarged prostate and keeps it away from blocking the penile urethra.

IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REZUM AND TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF PROSTATE (TURP)?

Rezum and Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is both focused and less invasive surgical procedures, but they differ in their approaches as resume utilizes a combination of thermal energy and water vapor therapy. Contrary to the rezum, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) operates with the resectoscope that has been inserted through the penis to treat urinary problems from the prostatic enlargement

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF REZUM?

SIDE EFFECTS OF REZUM

This has been proven to reduce urinary symptoms for many men diagnosed with an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). As a minimally invasive procedure, it has demonstrated fewer side effects compared to those typically seen with surgical therapies; some of the following side effects may temporarily occur:

  • Dysuria
  • Hematuria
  • Polyuria
  • Blood in semen
  • Inability to urinate or empty urinary bladder
  • Need for short-term catheterization

Most of these events resolve within three weeks of the procedure, but there is a possibility that some of these effects may be prolonged. You have to talk with your urologist regarding the possible risk factors according to your condition. Some of the following options may help relieve discomfort during the short-term healing process:

  • Take a mild analgesic such as Tylenol.
  • Try a warm bath or sitting on a hot water bottle.
  • Eliminate caffeine, chocolates, and alcohol from your diet.

BENEFITS OF REZUM

  • Potential alternation to benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) medications 
  • Relieves symptoms safely and effectively
  • Provides noticeable improvement in symptoms within two weeks
  • It does not require general anesthesia
  • Preserves sexual and urinary function
  • Allows patients to return to regular activities within a few days

REZUM WATER VAPOR THERAPY FOR BENIGN PROSTATE HYPERPLASIA (BPH)

Inside a hand-held device, radiofrequency energy is applied to a few drops of water to create vapor (steam). The water vapor is injected into the prostate tissue that blocks the flow of urine from the bladder, where it immediately turns back to the water, releasing the energy stored in the vapor into the cell membrane. At this point, the cells are gently and immediately damaged, causing cell death. Over time, your body will absorb the treated tissues through its natural healing response.

WHICH IS BETTER REZUM OR UROLIFT?

Teleflex announces early patients’ publication experiences data that highlights the urolift  system as a superior treatment to RezumTM steam injections in patients with an enlarged prostate.

REZUM/ TRANSURETHRAL WATER VAPOUR THERAPY

A hand-held device is inserted into the urethra to dissolve the excess prostate tissue to clear the passage of the penile urethra to prevent further damage to the male urinary and reproductive system.

UROLOFT SYSTEM

The urolift is a permanently placed device used to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. The procedure does not compromise sexual function. It is typically performed using local or general anesthesia. Patients typically return home the same day without a catheter.

Not only does the urolift system provides durable and long-lasting symptomatic relief, but it also allows men to return to a much better quality of life. We are pleased to see that these results highlight the distinct advantages of the urolift system compared to other minimally invasive treatments for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and that they are consistent with those seen in past clinical studies, demonstrating preservation of sexual function, rapid return to daily activities, and more patients treated with the urolift system.

RezumTM is a trademark of Boston Scientist Corporation or its affiliates.

How long does resume treatment last?

After the rezum procedure, the body creates an inflammatory response, which takes two to four months to resolve completely. Initially, there will be swelling in the prostate, which can cause restriction of flow and cause polyuria and dysuria.

      Symptoms will get worse before they get better.

CAN REZUM BE REPEATED?

If symptoms recur in the future, the treatment can be repeated. One of the main advantages of the procedure is that it does not interfere with erection or ejaculation in most men.

IS REZUM PROCEDURE SAFE?

Rezum is a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment designed to relieve benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms by reducing the extra prostate tissue causing the problems you are experiencing.

CONCLUSION

As rezum is a minimally invasive surgical approach to get rid of your urinary symptoms caused by prostate gland enlargement. No doubt, it is a practical approach, but you may also have a clear idea of other related surgical options. Your healthcare practitioner will guide you towards the best surgical option based on your condition.

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