South Jersey Urology Consultants
Christopher Lee, MD
Urology located in Vineland, NJ
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), more commonly known as prostate enlargement, is a common condition that affects men as they age, with nearly 20% of men over the age of 40 experiencing the condition. While it isn’t typically dangerous, BPH can affect quality of life and might even cause embarrassment. At South Jersey Urology Consultants in Vineland, New Jersey, Christopher Lee, MD, takes advantage of the latest technological advancements to offer a variety of effective BPH treatments. If you want to learn more, call the office to schedule your consultation or book online.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Q & A
What is BPH?
In layman’s terms, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) simply refers to an enlargement of the prostate that occurs over time in men.
Most men will experience this growth, though only a portion of men will experience related symptoms.
What causes BPH?
Your prostate gland grows throughout your life, so a certain amount of growth is perfectly normal. However, some men will experience greater growth than average, leading to potential issues.
One of the most common reasons for this increased growth includes a family history of the disease. Other risk factors for enlargement include certain medical conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, or heart disease, though it’s unclear why this might be the case.
What are the symptoms of BPH?
An enlarged prostate generally causes various urination issues. Some of these might include:
- An increased need to urinate
- A greater frequency of urination urges
- A weak urine stream
- An inability to completely empty your bladder
- Dribbling after urination
Occasionally, however, an enlarged prostate can lead to more serious complications, such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones, an inability to urinate, or bladder and kidney damage.
How is BPH treated?
Using the latest technological advancements, Dr. Lee employs one or several of the following treatment options:
Rezūm® is a minimally invasive treatment that takes advantage of water vapor to shrink your prostate. Dr. Lee injects this water vapor into your prostate, which returns to a liquid, oversaturating cells and causing controlled cell death.
Using a small scope, Dr. Lee passes a small electrode through your urethra into your prostate. This electrode emits microwave energy, destroying portions of the enlarged prostate to relieve symptoms.
GreenLight™ Laser Therapy
Similar to microwave therapy, Dr. Lee instead uses a small, high-energy laser to break down and remove excess prostate tissue.
A newer version of the classic transurethral resection of the prostate, bipolar TURP uses low-temperature plasma energy instead of classic heat energy to remove tissue. This leads to fewer side effects.
Do you want to know more about treating your BPH symptoms? Call South Jersey Urology Consultants to schedule your consultation or book online.
Water Vapor Therapy
Powered by convective water vapor energy, the Rezūm System delivers targeted, controlled doses of the stored thermal energy in water vapor directly to the region of the prostate gland with the obstructive tissue causing the lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Each 9-second treatment uses 0.42ml of heated sterile water vapor which rapidly and uniformly disperses through the tissue interstices. The condensation of water vapor releases stored thermal energy. Cell membranes are denatured, thereby causing immediate cell death, the vasculature is closed, and there is denervation of the alpha-adrenergic nerves within the treatment zone providing you with an efficient, uniform, predictable treatment.
Over time, this ablated tissue is reabsorbed by the body’s natural healing response, reducing the volume of tissue allowing the urethra to open relieving LUTS.
The Rezūm procedure provides the following benefits to men suffering from BPH:
Alternative to BPH medications:
Studies support Rezūm relieves symptoms safely and effectively
Noticeable symptom improvement within two weeks
Simple in-office/out-patient therapy
Does not require general anesthesia
Preserves erectile and urinary functions
Ability to return to regular activities within a few days
Covered by Medicare and most private insurers
Laser Therapy System
The GreenLight XPS™ Laser Therapy System is a 180W, 532nm wavelength laser for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It’s redefining the standard of care for BPH.
Built on the GreenLight HPS™ system, the GreenLight XPS™ system increases the power and area of the laser beam by 50%, providing a wider tissue vaporization effect without sacrificing depth of vaporization or coagulation.1 Its 532nm wavelength vaporizes prostate tissue without charring and limits penetration, leaving a thin rim of coagulated tissue that aids in hemostasis. It has been found to cost less than TURP while providing similar clinical outcomes. The system can be used for patients on anticoagulants, in urinary retention, or who have large glands >100 ml.