Heat Induced Tissue Reduction
Reduce Enlarged Prostate
Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy, also referred to as TUMT, is a contemporary medical procedure employed to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – a prevalent condition characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland. This advanced therapeutic intervention leverages microwave energy to achieve targeted heating of prostatic tissue through a minimally invasive approach. By employing thermotherapy, TUMT aims to reduce or alleviate the obstructive symptoms associated with BPH, such as urinary frequency, urgency, weak stream, and incomplete voiding.
The process consists of inserting a specialized microwave antenna into the urethra with direct visualization using an endoscope. Once positioned within the prostatic tissue, electromagnetic waves are emitted from the antenna and selectively absorbed by water molecules present in nearby tissues. Consequently, rapid heating occurs, leading to coagulative necrosis of affected cells. The elevated temperature achieved during TUMT promotes a reduction in prostatic volume and induces cellular apoptosis while ensuring the preservation of adjacent structures such as nerves and blood vessels.
In terms of managing BPH, Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy is an innovative approach that offers both precision and minimal invasiveness. By utilizing microwave energy to carefully heat the prostate tissue without causing extensive harm to surrounding areas, this method presents patients with a non-surgical option that effectively alleviates symptoms and improves their overall well-being.
As with any medical procedure, it is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional like Dr. Raj to determine if TUMT Therapy is suitable and safe for you. Dr Raj will consider your unique circumstances and discuss potential benefits as well as any associated risks or limitations.
Who is this for:
Male patients experiencing an increased need to urinate frequently (pollakiuria), waking up at night to urinate (nocturia), a reduced force of urine stream (weak flow), hesitation before starting to urinate, incomplete emptying resulting in leftover urine, and intermittent disruptions in urinary flow. In more severe cases, complications such as acute urinary retention - a sudden inability to voluntarily pass urine requiring urgent catheterization or intervention, recurrent urinary tract infections due to incomplete emptying facilitating bacterial growth within residual urine.
TUMT presents a range of beneficial qualities that position it as a hopeful substitute for traditional treatments. Firstly, TUMT offers enhanced efficacy while minimizing invasiveness and associated complications. Through precise delivery, this technique achieves selective heating and effectively mitigates damage to surrounding healthy tissues and organs, thereby reducing adverse effects commonly observed in more invasive surgical interventions. Furthermore, TUMT procedures can be conveniently performed on an outpatient basis, eliminating the need for hospital stays and protracted recovery periods.
What to expect:
Our doctor typically commences with an initial assessment of the patient's condition and identification of the affected prostatic region necessitating intervention. Once the evaluation is complete, local anesthesia is used, wherein a specialized catheter equipped with a microwave antenna is inserted into the patient's urethra and subsequently guided to the prostatic region under direct visualization through an endoscope. Once positioned within the prostatic tissue, electromagnetic waves are emitted from the antenna and absorbed selectively by water molecules present in the surrounding tissue.
After undergoing TUMT, patients typically notice an improvement in bothersome urinary symptoms associated with BPH within 4-6 weeks. This is due to the decreased obstruction in the prostate and enhanced dynamics of urine flow.