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Latest Treatment for Prostate Issue Offered at Wheeling Hospital

February 19, 2018

WHEELING – A new technology for the prostate issue, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) , is now being offered at Wheeling Hospital.

BPH, or enlarged prostate, is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.

For years, the primary options for treating BPH have been medications or surgery. But available now is Rezum therapy, a minimally invasive procedure that can significantly reduce the symptoms of BPH.

Rezum works by delivering very small amounts of water vapor, or steam, to the extra prostate tissue that is causing symptoms, such as frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining and getting up at night to urinate. The Rezum process damages the cells causing obstruction, reducing the overall size of the prostate and the symptoms.

Treatment is conducted in-office and does not require general anesthesia. Patients are able to drive themselves home and may return to regular activities in a few days. BPH symptoms may improve in as little as two weeks, and there is no need for ongoing therapy.

Conducting the treatment at Wheeling Hospital are urologists Dr. Satbir Singh and Dr. Walter Taubenslag.

Singh said, ““Rezum offers a new and extremely effective treatment for BPH. The procedure is well tolerated and offers another minimally invasive procedure for patients with urinary symptoms as a result of BPH.”

Urologic oncologist Dr. Gregory Merrick, director of Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center, the Men’s Health Center and the Urologic Research Institute, said, “For both malignant and benign urologic disorders, Wheeling Hospital has been at the forefront of the implementation of minimally invasive therapies that improve patient quality of life.”

For more information on Rezum therapy, call Singh’s office at 304-242-0779 or Taubenslag’s office at 304-243-1412.
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