Rezum treatment is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate. Many patients who have used this treatment have had long-lasting relief. Here’s what you need to know.
Rezum treatment is a thermal therapy that uses controlled steam energy to kill prostate tissue cells. The procedure is performed in-office, under local anesthesia, and takes less than one hour. There is no need for general anesthesia or a hospital stay.
Effective for BPH
BPH is a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges, causing urinary symptoms such as frequency, urgency, and weak stream. In a study of Rezum-treated patients, 78% saw an improvement in their urinary symptoms after just one year. The Rezum prostate procedure has also been effective in reducing prostate size. However, it is important to make sure that only qualified urologists perform the procedure to avoid complications.
Low Risk of Side Effects
Rezum is a safe and effective treatment with a very low risk of side effects. The most common side effect is urinary tract infection, which can occur in up to 5% of patients. Other potential side effects include urinary retention, which is the inability to urinate, and erectile dysfunction. Urinary tract infection and urinary retention are both treatable with antibiotics. Early diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction are important to preserve sexual function.
Covered by Most Insurance Plans
Rezum is considered medically necessary for treating symptomatic BPH and is covered by most insurance plans. The insurance approval process can vary, so it is important to check with your insurance provider to see if Rezum is a covered benefit. Understanding the Rezum prostate procedure and what to expect before, during, and after treatment can help ease anxiety and ensure a successful experience.
There is no need for recovery time after Rezum treatment. You can return to your normal activities, including work and exercise, on the same day as your procedure. If you are a man over the age of 50 and have been experiencing urinary symptoms because of an enlarged prostate, Rezum treatment may be right for you. Talk to your doctor about whether Rezum treatment for your enlarged prostate is a good option.
Rezum provides long-lasting relief from BPH symptoms. In a study of Rezum-treated patients, 88% of patients were still seeing improvements in their urinary symptoms three years after treatment. Patients unsatisfied with their Rezum results can undergo a repeat treatment if necessary. However, repeat treatments are rarely needed.
Some men may see an improvement in their urinary symptoms immediately after Rezum treatment while for others it may take a few months. The full effect of Rezum can take up to six months. If you are not satisfied with your urinary symptom improvement after six months, you may be a candidate for a repeat treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about Rezum treatment, contact Uromedix urologist team in Aventura, Pembroke Pines and Hialeah. Our urologists have performed hundreds of Rezum procedures and will be happy to answer your questions and help you decide if Rezum is right for you.