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Minimal invasive management for the relief of LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms)

Why is it done?

  • This procedure is performed when the prostate gland is causing LUTS and you want an alternative to medication without the complications of a permanent procedure.
  • Symptoms include: a weak stream, nightly urination, frequent urination, inability to urinate, (LUTS) kidney failure due to the obstruction, bladder stones, recurrent bladder infections.
  • Medication such as Flomaxtra, Urorec Minipress etc. should always be given as a first resort.
  • This is alternative to medication where the ejaculatory function is to be preserved.
  • Prostate cancer first needs to be ruled out by doing a PSA, and when indicated, with a 3T MRI scan of the prostate with an abnormal PSA with a possible prostate biopsy of any suspicious lesions.Prostate sizes up to 80-100 cc even mid lobe are acceptable


How is it done?

  • Patients will receive general anaesthesia, unless contra-indicated.
  • A cystoscopy is performed by placing a camera in the urethra with the help of a lubricant jelly and an irrigant (fluid).
  • The inside of the bladder is viewed for pathology. If any suspicious lesions are seen, a biopsy will be taken.
  • The device is placed through the cystoscopic sheath.
  • Prostate lobes are injected with water vapour, 2-6 injections 10 seconds each
  • Prophylactic antibiotics will be given to prevent any infections.
  • Any anaesthesia has its risks and the anaesthetist will explain this to you.
  • You may in extreme cases experience some blood loss.
  • You will require an indwelling urinary catheter for 5-10 days depending on the size of your prostate
  • Lower abdominal discomfort for a few days
  • Could have an inflammatory response requiring antibiotics.
  • Discomfort in urination can last 6 weeks.

· NB! Each person is unique and for this reason, symptoms vary!


  • Ejaculation will not be affected as with medication, TURP and TUVP, therefore no retrograde ejaculation, thus preserving sexual function
  • Infertility should not be an issue as there is no retrograde ejaculation. Don’t do it if you still want children.
  • No Stress incontinence especially in the elderly and the diabetic patients
  • May experience a slower stream initially due to swelling
  • Some urgency and dysuria for 6 weeks
  • Possible infection due to avascular tissue
  • May require resection of infected tissue
  • Further enlargement of prostate lobes within 3-5 years requiring a definite procedure.
  • NB! Each person is unique and for this reason, symptoms vary!
  • You will be discharged with a catheter.
  • A trial of void (removal catheter) will be scheduled 5-10 later as soon as the major swelling has gone down
  • Suprapubic pain will improve over the next 7 days.
  • Allow for 6 weeks for stabilization of symptoms thereafter.
  • There may be some blood in your urine. You can remedy this by drinking plenty of fluids until it clears.
  • A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for 6 weeks.


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