What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition in which a man’s prostate becomes enlarged and obstructs the flow of urine. It causes frustrating symptoms, including frequent urination; weak, interrupted urine stream; difficulty starting and stopping urination; feeling a sudden urge to urinate; inability to urinate when needed; and lack of control over urination. Do you have BPH? Take the quiz.
How prevalent is it?
BPH is more common in older men, affecting about 50% of men by age 60, and up to 90% of men by age 85.1
What is Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy?
Rezūm Therapy is an in-office treatment for men looking to treat BPH, not just the symptoms. It uses natural water vapor to reduce the size of the prostate and provide lasting symptom relief from BPH without invasive surgery or the potential side effects of prescription drugs.2
Clinical studies support that Rezūm Therapy relieves BPH symptoms safely and effectively, eliminating the need for BPH medications while also preserving sexual function.3 It helps most men see symptom improvement within a few weeks and return to regular activities within a few days after treatment.3*
How is the Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy procedure performed? Is the patient awake during the procedure?
The procedure takes place during one short office visit and does not require general anesthesia.3
During each 9-second treatment, natural water vapor is released throughout the targeted prostate tissue. When the steam contacts the tissue and turns back into water, all the stored energy is released, killing the excess prostate cells.
Over time, the body’s natural healing response absorbs the dead cells and shrinks the prostate. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, reducing BPH symptoms. Depending on the size of the prostate, the number of water vapor treatments vary.
Who may benefit from Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy?
Rezūm Therapy may be an option for those who have given up on watchful waiting and lifestyle changes, men who are dissatisfied with, have stopped or don’t want to start taking BPH medications, and men not interested in other minimally invasive or surgical BPH procedures.
Why is Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy an important option?
For years, the primary options for treating BPH were through medications or invasive surgery. Rezūm Therapy is a natural, in-office therapy option for men who do not want to take medication or are dissatisfied with medication symptom relief and want to avoid invasive surgery or implants to treat their BPH.
Market research indicates that preserving sexual function is a priority for men when it comes to BPH treatments.4 Clinical studies show Rezūm Therapy treats the cause of BPH symptoms while preserving sexual function.2
Where is the Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy procedure performed?
Rezūm Therapy can be performed in a short visit at Dr. Alvi’s office.
Is Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy covered by insurance?
Rezūm Therapy is considered a covered benefit by Medicare and most private insurance.** Patients should verify their benefits with their insurance company in advance of the scheduled procedure.
How quickly do patients experience symptom relief?
Clinical studies show that most men experience symptom relief as soon as two weeks after treatment with Rezūm Therapy, and maximum benefit may occur within three months.5 As with any procedure, patient responses can vary.
How soon can patients return to regular activities?
Clinical studies show that following treatment with Rezūm Therapy, most men return to regular activities within a few days.3* Dr. Alvi will make personal recommendations on resuming activity.
How long do improvements last?
Current clinical studies demonstrate that, following treatment with Rezūm Therapy, symptom improvement is sustained through four years, and studies are ongoing to determine longer-term patient outcomes.2
Can Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy cause erectile dysfunction, or ED?
Clinical studies have demonstrated that Rezūm Therapy preserves erectile and urinary functions. There were no reports of erectile dysfunction (ED) as a result of treatment with Rezūm Therapy.3
What is Dr. Alvi’s experience with Rezūm?
Dr. Alvi was the first provider in Arizona to be designated by Boston Scientific as a Rezūm Center of Excellence. This designation from Boston Scientific recognizes a high degree of experience with the Rezūm procedure. Make an appointment today with Dr. Alvi to see if Rezūm may be an option for you!
Watch Dr. Alvi and his Rezūm patient featured on ABC15’s Sonoran Living in Phoenix. Learn more about BPH and why Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy has been a game changer!
For more information about BPH and Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy, visit www.Rezum.com.
1 What is BPH? Urology Care Foundation website. https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-(bph).
2 McVary KT, Rogers T, Roehrborn CG. Rezūm water vapor thermal therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: 4-year results from randomized controlled study. Urology. 2019 Apr;126:171-9.
3 McVary KT, Gange SN, Gittelman MC et al. Minimally invasive prostate convective water vapor energy (WAVE) ablation: A multicenter, randomized, controlled study for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2016 May;195(5):1529-38.
4 Boston Scientific Market Research: Understanding Today’s BPH Patient, August 30, 2018.