Aquablation is a cutting-edge procedure that uses water to treat an enlarged prostate. It’s a high-tech, minimally invasive way to relieve urinary symptoms caused by a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Unlike traditional prostate surgery, Aquablation utilizes a precisely controlled stream of water to remove the prostate tissue causing bothersome symptoms. A robot directs the water jet under guidance from 3D mapping images. This allows the urologist to target just the obstructing tissue while avoiding the nerves important for sexual function.
Aquablation is an alternative to either living with frustrating urinary symptoms or taking daily medications that can lose effectiveness over time. This breakthrough therapy offers men an effective and low risk way to find lasting relief.
If you are a man bothered by urinary symptoms associated with BPH, Aquablation may be a great option for you. Common symptoms treated by Aquablation include:
The Aquablation procedure works well regardless of the size or shape of the prostate. It’s effective even for very enlarged prostates. Men concerned about sexual side effects like erectile dysfunction or retrograde ejaculation often choose Aquablation.
The first step is creating a detailed map of the prostate using ultrasound imaging. This allows the surgeon to pinpoint the exact areas causing blockage.
Next, the robot uses this map to direct a slender tube to deliver a pencil-thin jet of water. This water jet selectively removes the obstructing prostate tissue while avoiding the nearby nerves.
Aquablation is performed in the hospital under general or spinal anesthesia. No external incisions are made. The surgeon accesses the prostate through the urethra. Patients usually go home the day after the procedure.
Most men stay in the hospital overnight after their Aquablation procedure. A catheter will be placed to drain urine for 1-2 weeks while healing occurs.
Normal activities can usually be resumed within 1-2 weeks. Improvement in urinary symptoms is noticeable within 1-2 months. Complete recovery takes about 6 weeks.
The risk of permanent side effects like incontinence and erectile dysfunction is very low with Aquablation. This is because critical structures are precisely avoided.
Compared to traditional surgical options and medications, Aquablation offers men several unique benefits:
If you have been suffering with bothersome urinary symptoms, Aquablation may be the answer. This innovative waterjet procedure offers an effective way to find relief with minimal risk or recovery time.