What is Rēzum?
Rezūm is a minimally invasive treatment option for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is the enlargement of the prostate gland. This enlargement blocks the urethra that carries urine from the bladder to the penis for expulsion. This enlargement can reduce the flow of urine from the bladder and sometimes block it completely.
As these symptoms increase, a man’s quality of life can be greatly affected. This can include urgency to urinate, getting up frequently at night to urinate and psychological distress.
How Does Rēzum work?
Benefits of Rēzum BPH treatment
Rezūm therapy is chosen by many patients due to its minimally invasive nature. It also provides the follow benefits:
- Preserves sexual and urinary function
- Alternative to BPH medications
- Relieves symptoms quickly (typically within two weeks)
- Does not involve anesthesia
- Allows patients to return to regular activities within a few days.
Side effects and considerations of Rēzum
Since it is a minimally invasive procedure, patients who undergo Rezūm experience fewer side effects compared with those seen in invasive surgical procedures. However, with any procedure, side effects may occur temporarily. The most common Rezūm side effects are:
- Painful urination
- Blood in semen and urine
- Frequent urination.
These side effects typically subside on their own within three weeks of the procedure. Discomfort during the short-term healing process can be relieved through:
- Mild pain medication (Tylenol)
- A warm bath or heating pad.
The Right Candidate
Patients should carefully consider each option before deciding on their BPH treatment plan. Rezūm is most successful in patients who meet the following criteria:
- Men who are not bothered enough by symptoms to elect a surgical procedure
- Men who are not interested in other minimally invasive treatments
- Men who have decided to discontinue taking BPH medication.