TUNA is Transurethral Needle Ablation Therapy. It is a treatment option of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).
If you are experiencing symptoms of BPH, you should consult your physician. Your physician will run a series of tests to determine if you indeed have BPH. The decision of how to treat your BPH should then be decided in conjunction with your physician.
TUNA Therapy is a nonsurgical treatment. You will be given a mild sedative to take orally, and local anesthesia is delivered to the prostate via a small catheter inserted into the urethra. Your physician will then insert the TUNA device, which delivers low-level radio frequency energy directly into the prostate. This energy shrinks and destroys the prostate tissue. It then relieves the constriction on the urethra and improves the symptoms of BPH. After the procedure is complete, you will be given fluids to drink and will be asked to remain in the office until you urinate. In some cases your doctor may elect to insert a catheter to ensure your comfort.
The procedure usually takes about half an hour. However, your entire visit will probably take from about an hour to an hour and a half, in order for your doctor to prepare you for the procedure, perform the procedure itself, and get you prepared to go home.
Some doctors prescribe a local anesthesia that is delivered via a catheter to the targeted area. Others may prescribe general anesthesia.
This procedure was designed for use in an office or a hospital outpatient setting. Most men are able to go home the same day.
Yes, the procedure is safe. The instruments used in the procedure contain several important safety features. For example, the instrument constantly measures temperature in the treatment area and automatically shuts off if it detects that it is getting too hot.
Most TUNA therapy patients return to their normal activities quickly after the procedure, while some patients may require a day or two.
Generally you will see improvement in your symptoms in two to six weeks after the procedure and symptoms may continue to improve over two to three months.
Individual results vary.
Catherization is required as needed, usually 0-3 days.
There were no reported cases of incontinence in the clinical study.
Possible side effects from the TUNA procedure include obstruction, bleeding, pain/discomfort, urgency, frequency and urinary tract infection.