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Friday, 19 Oct 2018

Thermal Therapy for BPH

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Men who want long-term relief of BPH symptoms or obstruction often choose a non-surgical, minimally invasive, office-based treatment as a cost-effective alternative for BPH.

The symptoms of BPH may involve problems emptying the bladder or problems with bladder storage.

Symptoms related to bladder emptying include:

  • Difficulty starting a urine stream
  • Decreased strength of the urine stream
  • Dribbling after urination
  • Feeling that the bladder is not completely empty
  • Pain during urination


Symptoms related to bladder storage include:

  • Waking at night to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • A sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate


Research has proven that minimally invasive treatments (MITs) are a safe, effective and durable option for BPH. These treatments may be appropriate for patients who do not want to take daily medications for the rest of their lives, dislike the side effects of medication or do not want the risks or side effects of invasive surgery. There are several MITs available for men with BPH. Treatments include Radio Frequency (RF) therapy and Transurethral Microwave Therapy (TUMT). RF and TUMT use precisely targeted heat to destroy the enlarged prostate tissue and both have clinical data supporting durability up to 5 to 7 years following treatment. Some of the risks associated with MITs may include temporary pain/discomfort, urgency to urinate, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection and obstruction.

Dr. Loisides was the first to introduce Thermal Therapies for the treatment of BPH to the Westside of Los Angeles and has performed hundreds of these procedures.