Aquablation therapy is a minimally invasive benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) surgical treatment option that addresses the compromises associated with alternative surgical interventions, and is designed to deliver effective, safe and durable outcomes independent of prostate size and shape or surgeon experience.
What is Aquablation therapy?
Aquablation therapy is a minimally invasive, heat-free surgical technique to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
How does Aquablation therapy work?
Aquablation therapy is unique in that it combines cystoscopic visualization, ultrasound imaging and advanced planning software to provide the surgeon with a multidimensional view of the treatment area. This enables personalized treatment planning for the patient’s unique anatomy, improved decisionmaking and real-time monitoring during the procedure.
With a multidimensional view of the prostate, the surgeon creates a map of the treatment area, tailored to each patient’s anatomy, that specifies which areas of the prostate tissue to remove while preserving the anatomy that controls erectile function, ejaculatory function, and continence.
Once the treatment map is complete, prostate tissue is precisely removed using a robotically controlled, heat-free waterjet. The robotic and waterjet technologies enable targeted and controlled tissue removal with rapid resection times that are highly consistent across all prostate sizes and shapes, and surgeon experience levels.
Who is an appropriate candidate for Aquablation therapy?
Aquablation therapy has been proven as a safe and effective treatment for BPH patients suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). You should consult with your urologist to review all your options for your condition.
What happens during an Aquablation treatment?
Aquablation therapy is performed in the operating room, while the patient is either under spinal or general anesthesia. During the procedure, the urologist will use multidimensional imaging to identify the exact treatment plan based on the patient’s specific anatomy. Next, the AquaBeam Robotic System executes the treatment plan, removing the excess prostate tissue with a heat-free waterjet. The procedure takes less than an hour, and typically involves an overnight stay.
What happens immediately after the Aquablation therapy?
Patients may go home with a urinary catheter and may experience a slight burning during urination as well as rectal soreness. This can be managed with mild pain medication. Patients can resume their normal activities at the discretion of their physician.
What are your clinical results?
Backed by nine different clinical trials, Aquablation therapy delivers effective, safe and durable outcomes that are independent of prostate size and shape or surgeon experience. See clinical data.
What are the risks associated with Aquablation therapy?
The most common side effects are mild and transient and may include mild pain or difficulty when urinating, discomfort in the pelvis, blood in the urine, inability to empty the bladder or a frequent and/or urgent need to urinate, and bladder or urinary tract infection. Other risks include ejaculatory dysfunction and a low risk of injury to the urethra or rectum where the devices gain access to the body for treatment. For more information about potential side effects and risks associated with Aquablation therapy, speak with your urologist or surgeon.