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Since procedures for BPH have been around, most physicians considered a surgery known as TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) the “Gold Standard”.  The reason the TURP was considered the “Gold Standard” was because the removal of tissue resulted in the best clinical result. The TURP is performed under general anesthesia and the doctor inserts a surgical device through the tip of the penis used to cut away the prostate tissue blocking the urethra.

While this procedure is still considered the “Gold Standard”, many men resist surgery, hospitalization, or any possible side effects from a more radical approach. To offer men a minimally invasive and non-surgical option, Urologix developed Cooled ThermoTherapy over 25 years ago.  Cooled ThermoTherapy has for many years provided men an option that is better than drugs and less invasive than surgery. Urologix took the concept that makes TURP the “Gold Standard”, removal of tissue, and applied it to the treatment. However, Cooled ThermoTherapy does not remove tissue through cutting.

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Cooled ThermoTherapy removes tissue through necrosis using microwave energy that safely heats the prostate tissue while providing cooling sensation to protect the urethra and specifically heating the prostate to prevent any damaging effects to the surrounding areas. The picture below illustrates the heat pattern to better understand how the heat is applied to necrose the tissue.

Cooled ThermoTherapy (high temperature microwave) has been in use for more than 23 years with the backing of physicians in over 100 clinical papers, studies, and peer reviewed articles. One key study proved that 87% of men were still symptom free at a 5 year follow-up, requiring no additional treatment*.

While the Cooled ThermoTherapy procedure has led the way with heat induced therapy that results in necrosis, the following procedures also result in tissue necrosis:

  • Rezum (new device – FDA approved late 2015)
  • Prostiva RF (another Urologix device – FDA approved 1996)

Cooled ThermoTherapy, ProstivaRF, and Rezum all remove tissue like surgery, but without cutting. Urolift, one of the newest devices to the market (approved 2013) fails to provide “tissue necrosis”, recognized as the “gold standard” in BPH treatment.  Urolift, removes no tissue, does nothing to change the gland size, but staples the enlarged tissue back and out of the way while the prostate continues to grow. While “stapling” sometimes provides faster relief, what should a man consider before agreeing to this relatively new procedure?  First of all, the staple-like device used to pull back the tissue is left in the body post-procedure.  Secondly, if every other procedure proposes tissue removal as vital to reduce the disease progression of BPH, is stapling marching to a different drummer?  In review, Urolift produces no removal of tissue (gold standard), no prostate reduction, and it leaves behind metallic staples in the body. Lastly, the staples left behind prevent a patient from having microwave procedures and pose some difficulties for surgical/laser procedures.

Here are just a few questions to ask your urologist to help you make a more informed decision about what treatment is right for you:

  1. Do you think it is best when a procedure removes tissue from the prostate?
  2. If I put off having a BPH procedure, can it eventually affect my bladder pressure and ability to remove urine?
  3. I understand one of the newest procedures (Urolift) leaves staples behind in my prostate. Is it safe to leave foreign objects behind after a procedure?
  4. Can there be any negative consequence from putting off a procedure and spending years on drug therapy?

Want to know more about Cooled ThermoTherapy, the leader in minimally invasive, high energy microwave procedures.  Below find actual testimonials of patients who were treated with Cooled ThermoTherapy.

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