A full in-office evaluation of bladder function used to diagnose overactive bladder
(OAB), urinary incontinence, bladder outlet obstruction, and to
direct treatment options.
There are several medical and surgical treatment options for men with BPH, depending
on the severity of symptoms. If symptoms do not threaten the man’s health,
he may choose not to be treated. If symptoms are severe enough to cause discomfort,
interfere with daily activities, or are associated with lower urinary tract infection,
treatment is usually recommended.
Medications taken before bedtime can improve urinary flow and, over time, actually
shrink the prostate and promote low-pressure, complete bladder emptying.
Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) Prostiva radiofrequency
thermotherapy often represents the next step in BPH treatment when medication fails
to relieve obstructive symptoms. The procedure is performed in the office
in about 20 minutes. Typically, only local anesthesia with mild oral sedation
is required for the office procedure.
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TUNA can be used in patients with metal implants and cardiac pacemakers
and defibrillators who may not be candidates for microwave thermotherapy (TUMT)
or other minimally invasive options. TUNA is designed to permanently reduce
BPH symptoms in one treatment session and is the modality which I have chosen to
perform in my office, given its excellent treatment outcome and the absence of irritative
voiding symptoms or bladder thermal injury which complicates other treatment options.