Michael J. Macksood, D.O., F.A.C.S.
By Michael Macksood, DO, FACS
The trend in urology as in other surgical fields over the last 5 years has been to offer patients less invasive yet still successful treatments for many common conditions. As urologists Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is one of the most common conditions we treat. We now have very successful and safe minimally invasive procedures to deal with this condition.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
For men the most common neoplastic process is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). The traditional treatment for BPH has been surgical with the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). The TURP while highly successful is done in the hospital with spinal anesthesia and entails significant risks, discomfort and cost, along with a prolonged recovery period.
Most patients with BPH now days have been offered initial treatment with long-term medication, alpha-blockers or anti-androgens. These medications have been found to be costly over the years of use along with progressive loss of effectiveness. They also have unwanted side effects, such as orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, nasal congestion, retrograde ejaculations and impotence.
Transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT)
Transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT) is a one-time office treatment for BPH, which can be performed without anesthesia. TUMT takes 30 minutes and the patient goes home with a catheter for 24 hours and then is able to resume normal activities immediately upon catheter removal.
Microwave therapy uses heat to cause atrophy of the prostate and decrease urethral obstruction. The American Urological Association has published guidelines, which show heats treatments, such as microwave therapy, work better than drugs for the average patient and saves a majority of BPH patients the cost and risks and loss of time away from work that TURP entails. Many patients find a one-time office procedure that gives more symptom relief than long-term medication to be preferred.
TUMT has been preformed on over 1000 patients in our office with excellent results and an excellent safety profile. The TUMT is covered by most health insurance plans and is preferred by many because of the lower cost and high long-term success.
See also TherMatrx® website.
If you would like more information on this procedure please contact Dr. Michael Macksood at the number below for an appointment.
Urological Services, P.C.