San launches ‘game chang­ing’ male surgery

Monthly Chronicle - - News - Jenny Bar­lass

Ground-break­ing new surgery promis­ing re­lief from en­larged prostates has been de­vel­oped at the The Syd­ney Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal in Wahroonga.

The new pro­ce­dure puts paid to the sex­ual dys­func­tion that fre­quently ac­com­pa­nies con­ven­tional treat­ments like med­i­ca­tion and surgery which can re­sult in sex­ual dys­func­tion in up to 80% of cases.

Half of all men over 50 have en­larged prostates caus­ing painful and de­bil­i­tat­ing prob­lems in­clud­ing sleep dis­tur­bance, fre­quent need for the bath­room, flow and other uri­nary prob­lems.

San Urol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Henry Woo, who learned the new tech­nique re­cently in Swe­den, is now de­liv­er­ing the Rezum pro­ce­dure which in­volves de­liv­er­ing steam vapour di­rectly to the prostate us­ing ther­mal en­ergy to erad­i­cate en­larged prostate tis­sue.

“The wa­ter vapour lit­er­ally cooks the prostate which then shrinks. As it does, the ure­thra is opened and men can pass urine more freely” said Pro­fes­sor Woo. It’s a day pro­ce­dure in hos­pi­tal and men are able to re­turn to nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties within days.

“To have a min­i­mally in­va­sive sur­gi­cal treat­ment that pre­serves all as­pects of sex­ual func­tion is a game chang­ing type of treat­ment.

“The treat­ment has been com­mer­cially avail­able in the US and Europe for al­most two years and it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see that Aus­tralian men will now have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess this state of the art tech­nol­ogy.”

Pro­fes­sor Henry Woo de­liv­ers the new Rezum pro­ce­dure

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