Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT)
Transurethral Microwave Therapy or TUMT is the technical, generic terminology for our non-surgical BPH treatment Cooled ThermotherapyTM. TUMT is a minimally invasive, in-office option for the treatment of symptomatic BPH or enlarged prostate, and is covered by Medicare as well as many private insurance plans.
How does TUMT work?
The TUMT procedure is performed right in the urologist’s office and requires between 30 and 45 minutes. A specially-made minimally-invasive catheter is inserted into the urethra using local anesthetic to avoid as much discomfort as possible. Within the tubing is a microwave antenna that heats and destroys prostatic tissue. The Urologix proprietary Cooled ThermoTherapy treatment is unique because cool water is circulated within the catheter. This cooling prevents surrounding healthy tissue from damage and preserves the urethra. After treatment, the prostate begins to heal and the patient will eventually return to more normal urinary patterns.
Recovery after TUMT
The prostate and urethra will require a few days of recovery before voluntary urination is once again experienced. During this time, the patient may be catheterized to allow the urinary tract and prostate to heal.
It will require some time for the body to reabsorb the treated prostatic tissue and will usually take approximately six to twelve weeks before BPH symptoms improve. The ultimate goal of TUMT is long-term relief of BPH symptoms with minimal side-effects.
Risks, Side Effects and Considerations
Longer-term results of TUMT are very favorable and many patients experience long-term relief from the symptoms of BPH. Some risks and side effects can include, blood or clots in urine, painful or difficult urination, rectal irritation, temporary urinary incontinence, brief inability to maintain an erection and lack of seminal discharge during orgasm. In clinical trials, the majority of these side effects were temporary in nature.1 It is important to speak to a urologist about the considerations of a TUMT procedure to learn more.
Understanding the benefits and risks, by researching our website and speaking to your medical team, can help you make the best decision for your particular needs. You may also visit our page on Cooled ThermoTherapy to learn more about what Urologix can offer you.
1Data derived from the CTC Advance® Instructions for Use, 250348 Rev D 08/10