The most common prostate problem in men 50 and older is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is an enlargement of the prostate gland.
The condition can be uncomfortable by slowing or blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder and other problems in the urinary tract.
For the past several months, CAMC Urology has offered a minimally-invasive treatment option for men with BPH.
"I've had BPH for 20 years,” said David Clayman. “I don't know life without it, and in order for me to deal with it I had to add medications just to urinate."
Rezum® is an FDA-approved treatment that injects small amounts of steam directly into the prostate, killing some of the benign tissue. The gland then shrinks as it repairs itself, relieving men of symptoms caused by the enlarged prostate, which may include the need to urinate more.
"Rezum fascinated me, because other interventions often had horrible side effects," Clayman said. "I was on two medications, which depending on insurance coverage, can run around $1,000 a month, just so I could go to the bathroom."
Rezum is performed under a mild dose of general anesthesia. It does not require an overnight hospital stay, and most men return to normal activities within a few days. Patients often notice significant improvement in their symptoms within two weeks.
"The larger the prostate, the longer it takes cells to die,” Clayman said. “It took me about seven to eight weeks instead of the normal three to four weeks to get the maximum benefit. So now I'm about three months post Rezum and I'm happy. I'm normal now. I can go to the bathroom when I want to. I have no side effects and take no pills."
Advantages of this innovative procedure include freeing men from taking daily medications, it doesn’t require major surgery and it allows men to retain normal sexual function, unlike some existing treatments.
"It’s a relief," Clayman said. "The idea that I don't have to take two pills a day, putting that stuff in my body, and the idea it was without risk just can’t be beat as far as doing something to help yourself out."
For more information visit camc.org/BPH.