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Steam Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

By Tiffany Rindels, @tiffanyrindels

BPH

 

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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More helpful discussion may be found at the Men’s Health Group

Learn more about benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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

COMMENT

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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