NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Men looking for relief from the annoying, uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms of an enlarged prostate now have new hope: it’s a stunningly simple treatment using sterilized water, turned to steam.
“I had some doubts,” says North Texas businessman Jerry Sample, “proof is in the pudding—it works.” Sample says he struggled and suffered for years. “Frequent urination, lots of discomfort, getting up at night, “says the father and grandfather. “I was on medication for probably six years. It didn’t give you full relief, and it continued to worsen.”
Doctors say some 30 percent of men suffer with an enlarged prostate. “I like to tell my men: two parts of the body get bigger as a man gets older—one is his belly, the other is his prostate,” jokes Kenneth Goldberg, MD, Faculty Associate in Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it may partially block the urethra. This can then lead to a weak urination stream, difficulty starting or stopping urination, and a sense that the bladder is not completely empty after urination. According to Dr. Goldberg, symptoms can worsen over time leading to other more serious conditions. But, now Dr. Goldberg is offering his patients a new treatment option… using less than a teaspoon of water.
“You go up through the penis with a telescope after you’ve numbed up the prostate,” explains Dr. Goldberg, “insert a needle into the prostate, and do 9 second treatments of inserting steam.” The number of treatments performed at one sitting depends on the size of the prostate. “Steam gets into the prostate, it is confined by the membrane… and the heat gets between the cells and destroys the cells.”
According to Dr. Goldberg, the office based procedure allows men to return to normal activity within a few days, without causing incontinence or sexual problems. “I’ve done about 60 cases, all of the men said they’d do it again.” Jerry Sample is one of them. While admitting to some initial skepticism, he says the procedure was quick, simple, and most important: it was successful. “I had this done on a Saturday morning and I was in the office less than an hour. I was conscious the whole time. Monday, I was back in the store.”
Dr. Goldberg warns that symptoms may initially worsen until the swelling subsides, and then no more medication, no surgery, and no more middle of the night trips to the restroom. However, he cautions that anyone experiencing symptoms should see a doctor because similar symptoms are also tied to other conditions.
“I never thought about it before,” says Sample “Anybody that’s suffering from it probably doesn’t realize this treatment is out there. In fact, I’ve referred a couple of guys already!”