What is Aquablation?
Aquablation is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is a different type of treatment for BPH that utilizes the power of water delivered with robotic precision to provide an advanced, minimally invasive option for men that provides long lasting relief. *There are no incisions and therefore lower irreversible complication rates.* This is done by creating a surgical map of your unique prostate shape by combining our cystoscopy camera with real-time ultrasound imaging to view the prostate in its entirety. With this we can tailor the areas we want to treat and remove the areas that need to be avoided (such as the areas for erectile function, ejaculatory function and incontinence). After we have mapped the prostate, our robotically controlled, heat-free waterjet removes the prostate tissue.
What to Expect?
When you come to the hospital, the surgery will be performed under spinal or more commonly, general anesthesia meaning you will be asleep for the procedure. Normally the procedure takes about an hour to perform and afterwards you can expect to stay at least one night in the hospital. You will have a catheter when you wake up with continuous bladder irrigation (CBI) that will help keep your bladder clear of blood clots that are inevitable with prostate surgery like this. Our goal is to be able to turn the irrigation to a slow drip or ideally completely off so that the following morning, depending how your urine looks, we are able remove the catheter. However, If you required a catheter before surgery then you will be going home with a catheter for at least another 1-2 weeks.
Traditional resection procedures utilize a single camera called the cystoscope that can limit visibility of the prostate making it difficult to see critical areas of the prostate. These critical areas control the erectile function, ejaculatory function and incontinence. Furthermore, traditional resection procedures utilize heat-based technology to remove prostate tissue, which can be transmitted and damage these same critical areas. Research has shown us that 77% of men say BPH impacts how they feel about themselves. 76% of men feel every surgical option required some sort of tradeoff between symptom relief and side effects.
However, with aquablation therapy, you don’t have to compromise because this therapy is an advanced, heat-free waterjet, minimally invasive robotic treatment for BPH that provides long lasting relief with low complication rates by mapping out your unique prostate. In fact, 94% of men wished that their doctors would have discussed aquablation with them.
- 94% of men wished that their doctors would have discussed aquablation with them.
- 94% of men would consider aquablation if their doctor had told them about it.
- 92% of men would like to know more about aquablation therapy.
In men considering surgery in the next year:
- 37% of men are confident that surgery will resolve their symptoms.
- 17% of men are willing to sacrifice sexual function for symptom relief.
In men who have had surgery within the last 2 years
- 76% of men feel every surgical option required some sort of tradeoff between symptom relief and side effects.
- 76% were confident surgery would resolve their symptoms.
- Only 8% were dissatisfied with symptom relief, despite the fact that 80% are experiencing side effects.
- 52% of men experienced issues with sexual function since having surgery.