TUNA (Transurethral Needle Ablation Therapy)

TUNA is Transurethral Needle Ablation Therapy. It is a treatment option of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).

How do I know if TUNA therapy is right for me?

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.

How does the procedure work?

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.

How long does the procedure take?

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.

Will I need general anesthesia?

Some doctors prescribe a local anesthesia that is delivered via a catheter to the targeted area. Others may prescribe general anesthesia.

Will I have to spend the night in the hospital?

This procedure was designed for use in an office or a hospital outpatient setting. Most men are able to go home the same day.

Is the procedure safe in the office?

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.

How long will it be before I can return to my normal activities?

Most TUNA therapy patients return to their normal activities quickly after the procedure, while some patients may require a day or two.

How soon can I expect my BPH symptoms to go away?

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.

Is catherization required after the procedure?

Catherization is required as needed, usually 0-3 days.

What is the risk of incontinence?

There were no reported cases of incontinence in the clinical study.

Are there other side effects associated with TUNA Therapy?

Possible side effects from the TUNA procedure include obstruction, bleeding, pain/discomfort, urgency, frequency and urinary tract infection.