We understand that you need to get answers to all your questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about BPH and the PLASMA therapy. Your doctor will be happy to answer your remaining questions, so that you feel completely informed and confident about the procedure and the technology.
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What does BPH mean? Is it related to cancer?
Benign = not malignant.
Prostatic = has to do with the prostate.
Hyperplasia = an increase in size.
So this means a benign increase in size due to an increase in the number of cells. Having an enlarged prostate doesn’t mean you have cancer and it does not increase the risk of prostate cancer, as these two conditions affect different regions of the prostate.
What kind of adverse effects may occur after the treatment?
All types of therapy can have side effects. Even for minimally invasive procedures, adverse effects cannot be completely ruled out.
You may experience post-operative discomfort, such as a light burning sensation, frequent urination, or small amounts of blood in the urine. This will resolve after some days. Be assured that your doctor will do everything possible to minimise your discomfort.
How long will I have to stay in hospital after PLASMA therapy?
The healing process in your prostate gland is accelerated by the gentle PLASMA therapy. Studies have shown that some men can go home the same day, while others stay for 2-3 days.*
The exact length of stay will depend on the national health system as well as your individual medical history, health condition, and other personal factors. Your doctor will advise when you can resume your normal routine.
Do I need to take BPH medication after PLASMA therapy?
Most men with BPH need no medication after PLASMA therapy, because of long-term systematic relief. However, as with any medication, please consult your doctor.
Where can I find relevant clinical evidence?
Please click here to find some studies.
* Wroclawski ML, et al. ‘Button type’ bipolar PLASMA vaporization of the prostate compared with standard transurethral resection: a systematic review and metaanalysis of short-term outcome studies. BJU Int. 177 (2016): 662–668.