Rezum Frequently Asked Questions
If you are exploring your BPH treatment options and are considering Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy, it is always best to consult with your doctor about the procedure and how it may help to relieve your symptoms. Prior to this consultation, patients often prepare a few questions to discuss with their physician to gain more information and insight into this particular treatment. Some of the most frequently asked questions, along with their answers, are described below.
What Are the Benefits?
As compared to other types of treatment for an enlarged prostate, Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy involves a less invasive approach that produces highly effective results. Because of the nature of this procedure, patients are often able to enjoy:
- Preserved erectile and urinary functions
- Long-lasting improvement in symptoms
- Reduced recovery time
- An out-patient experience that does not require an overnight hospital stay
- Quick treatment that does not involve undergoing general anesthesia
- Resumed functions and activity levels after only a few days
With Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy, patients do not need to depend on medication or implanted devices after treatment. This greatly lowers the total cost associated with improving symptoms of BPH. In addition, no followup procedures are necessary. Patients will simply visit with their physician to review the progress of their recovery and determine the success of their treatment.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Rezūm?
Every procedure involves some level of risk, and patients are always advised to speak with their doctor first so that they can make a fully informed decision about their health. The possible side effects of Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy can include:
- Painful urination
- Decreased ejaculatory volume
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- Infection of the urinary tract
- Increased urinary frequency
- Urine retention
Am I a Candidate for Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy?
Many men can find relief from years of urinary complications caused by BPH. Typically, patients who elect for Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy have attempted to manage their symptoms with medication and/or lifestyle changes without success, as well as those who wish to avoid surgery to treat their enlarged prostate. Even if individuals are able to address their BPH issues with medication, they may experience negative side effects from these drugs that are significant enough to outweigh any benefits offered.
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Is the Procedure Painful?
Very few patients report feeling any pain during treatment. Patients are usually given an oral or local anesthetic to numb the area prior to their procedure. Patients should speak to their doctor if they are uncomfortable before or during treatment so that adjustments can be made to improve their experience.
How Expensive Is the Procedure?
The cost associated with Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy can vary from one patient to another and is highly dependent upon insurance coverage. Patients should contact their insurance provider for details about their specific plan and any deductibles, co-pays, or out-of-pocket expenses that may result from treatment with Rezūm.
When Will I Notice the Results?
Clinical studies have reported instances of symptom improvement as soon as two weeks after treatment. Patients can continue to experience relief from urinary dysfunctions caused by BPH throughout the next three months.
These same studies also show that effects from Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy are long-lasting in providing relief from symptoms of BPH for a testing period of four years, with additional studies being conducted to analyze these results beyond this initial time frame.
1. McVary KT, Rogers T, Roehrborn CG. Rezūm water vapor thermal therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: 4-year results from randomized controlled study. Urology. 2019 Apr;126:171-179
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