Cooled ThermoTherapy™ is a safe, non-surgical 30-minute in-office therapy which provides long-term relief from BPH symptoms and urinary obstruction without the side effects and high cost of chronic BPH medication or the risks and high costs associated with invasive surgery.
This treatment option delivers targeted heat to reduce excess prostate tissue and includes an advanced urethral cooling system providing enhanced protection for the healthy urethra as well as increased patient comfort. The treatment typically results in significant improvement from bothersome symptoms such as persistent day time urination as well as reduction in how often you have to get up at night to urinate.
“There is a significant difference in what patients experience after an O/R experience versus an office procedure…When you discuss this with them, it’s not to hard for the average patient to decide that they would prefer to start with an office procedure. There is very little question now that we have a drastic reduction in side effects with an in-office procedure” – Robert P. Pugach, MD
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- Convenient treatment completed in your doctor’s office in less than an hour
- Minimally invasive procedure which does not require general anesthesia
- Quick return to your normal activities often within just a few days of the treatment
- Significant improvement of urine flow and relief of urinary symptoms as early as 6 weeks post treatment
- Proven safe, effective and durable results1,2
- Low rate of side effects
- Treatment which is covered by Medicare, as well as many private insurance companies
How does Cooled ThermoTherapy™ Work?
Cooled ThermoTherapy™ is performed in your urologist’s office in just under 30 minutes. You will be on an exam table in a comfortable position. You will be given medication to help you relax and may receive local anesthesia. The treatment is performed with a small flexible catheter that is inserted into the urethra. This catheter contains channels to circulate cooled fluid around an antenna that produces targeted heat within the prostate. The heat reduces excess prostate tissue. The proprietary cooling technology protects the healthy urethra and maintains patient comfort during treatment. Once the treatment is completed, you will be able to go home. You will typically wear a temporary catheter for a few days to allow the prostate to begin its healing process. You should arrange in advance to have someone drive you home after the treatment. Cooled ThermoTherapy is a form of Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy.
- Blood in urine
- Clots in urine
- Painful or difficult urination
- Rectal irritation
- Temporary inability to control urination
- Brief inability to achieve or maintain an erection
- Inability to discharge semen in orgasm
The benefits and risks listed above do not represent a comprehensive list. For more complete information about the benefits and risks associated with Cooled ThermoTherapy™, you should discuss this treatment option and your specific medical condition with your physician.
Medicare coverage for all fifty states as well as many commercial insurance plans provides coverage for in-office BPH procedures. Ask your doctor’s office to assist you by providing the information your insurance plan may require.
You may not notice an improvement in your BPH symptoms immediately after treatment. However, your body is actively working to heal itself. In the 6 to 12 weeks after treatment, your body will gradually reabsorb the tissue treated with Cooled ThermoTherapy™, the pressure on your urethra will decrease, and your BPH symptoms will be reduced.1
- Cooled ThermoTherapy™ Education Brochure Download
- Cooled ThermoTherapy™ Education DVD Download (right click and select save link as) | Watch
Urologix also offers another in-office BPH treatment option. To learn more visit our Prostiva RF page
1Data derived from the CTC Advance® Instructions for Use, 250348 Rev D 08/10