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Non-Invasive Procedure to Treat Enlarged Prostate Offered at Mount Sinai

September 29, 2006 – Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the first hospitals in Ontario to provide a non-invasive procedure for treating enlarged prostates using microwave energy.

The treatment, called transurethral microwave thermotherapy or TUMT, is a new option for patients suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate which obstructs the bladder causing some men to run to the bathroom frequently, while others are unable to urinate comfortably. The procedure uses a catheter to deliver microwave energy directly to the prostate, opening the inside and allowing patients to urinate more easily.

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Dr. Keith Jarvi discusses the TUMT procedure with a patient.

“TUMT is an exciting non-invasive option for relieving the pain and discomfort of BPH, and has a proven track record of success internationally as an effective and safe treatment,” says Dr. Keith Jarvi, Chief Staff of Urology at Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are thrilled to be able to provide our patients with this advanced technique.”

Traditionally, patients suffering from BPH relied on either medication therapy or invasive surgery to treat their enlarged prostate. Medications can relax the muscles around the prostate or help shrink the prostate, so urine can flow more easily.

The surgical procedure, transurethral resection or vaporization of the prostate (TURP) is also a successful method for treating BPH. It vaporizes the prostate through an electric current that is inserted through the penis in an operating instrument, and opens the inside of the prostate, allowing patients to urinate more easily.

TUMT is less invasive than TURP, requiring only local anesthetic, instead of general anesthetic, leading to fewer side-effects and a quicker recovery. The TUMT procedure is also more comfortable for patients as it is performed in the relaxing out-patient environment at the Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre at Mount Sinai, not in a surgical setting, and most men are able to go home within an hour of the procedure.

“Those who wake up to urinate several times a night may be suffering from BPH and should consult a physician or urologist,” says Dr. Jarvi. “Try to avoid consuming large quantities of fluids at one time, salty and spicy foods, tranquilizers and over-the-counter remedies that contain decongestants, which all tend to make symptoms worse.”

For more information, please contact the Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre at 416-586-6367.