Published on October 26, 2021

Vaporize Your Prostate Problems

Dr. Yemi, a urologist, speaking to a patient.

Men: if you find yourself waking up several times a night to go to the bathroom or feel like your day is constantly interrupted by the need for restroom breaks, you may be suffering from a com mon condition experienced as men age—an enlarged prostate. About half of all men 50 and older have an enlarged prostate, and by the age of 85, it’s as high as 90%.

Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help shrink your prostate or relax muscles near it to ease symptoms. If the medications are no longer working or you’re unhappy with their side effects, you may be a candidate for a new minimally invasive procedure that provides lasting relief without surgery or medication.

Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy treats enlarged prostates, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) as it’s known in the medical field. Performed right in the office, natural water vapor is released throughout the targeted prostate tissue. When the steam contacts the tissue and turns back into water, it releases energy, killing the excess prostate cells that squeeze the urethra. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, reducing symptoms.

“As many men get older, their prostate gland enlarges, which may squeeze the urethra and obstruct the flow of urine,” says urologist Yemi Akin-Olugbade, MD (“Dr. Yemi”). “Some minimally invasive procedures may treat the symptoms but not the underlying condition. What’s great about Rezūm Therapy is that it does not require general anesthesia, and most men see symptoms improve within a few weeks. Patients typically return to regular activities within a few days after the treatment.”