Steam Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Mar 21, 2019 | Tiffany Rindels | @tiffanyrindels | Comments (8)

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It is the genetic destiny of men, as they get older, to start to experience problems with their prostate. Half of men who have prostate problems, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), will experience bothersome symptoms.

Active surveillance, oral medication, lasers or an electric loop that burn the prostate tissue from the inside out  have been historic treatments for BPH. However, steam treatment has shown great promise and is changing the way BPH is treated.

Steam treatment is a convective water therapy that shrinks the prostate. The procedure can be performed in the doctor's office and has a low risk for complications and side effects.

Dr. Tobias Kohler, a urologist at Mayo Clinic, discusses steam treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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Is the steam treatment being used or is it still in trials/development?

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Steam treatment for BPH (enlarged prostate) has been approved and utilized for several years now. Several hundred of these treatments have already successfully been performed at Mayo enterprise wide. There are trials ongoing for the potential use of steam to treat prostate cancer – it will take a bit longer to see if this is a viable approach.

Best

Dr Kohler

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Dr., do you know if Rezum is generally accepted by insurance companies?

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@rfherald

Dr., do you know if Rezum is generally accepted by insurance companies?

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Rezūm Therapy is considered a covered benefit by Medicare and most private insurance. However, there is no guarantee of insurance coverage for a particular procedure or product. It will depend on your specific circumstances and your insurance provider.

Rfherald, it is best to check with your insurance provider about coverage.

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Thank you. I will check with my insurance company. There are MANY procedures now. Not just TURP.

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Can Rezum therapy be used after receiving radiation treatments for Prostate Cancer? It has been 3 years since I finished radiation treatment and have urinary retention.

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@rec48

Can Rezum therapy be used after receiving radiation treatments for Prostate Cancer? It has been 3 years since I finished radiation treatment and have urinary retention.

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Welcome, @rec48. That sounds like a question to ask your cancer team to make sure if Rezum therapy is recommended or not. Have you talked to your oncologist or surgeon about the urinary retention and possible options?

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I recently saw a urologist in Colorado and he said see my urologist in Florida which I plan to do next month to see what he would recommend. I asked the question to see if anyone had a similar situation. Thanks for the reply.

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