Originally Posted by hh35
Trying to fine out if anyone has had negative results from this microwave therapy for BPH. [enlarged prostate] Appreciate any feedback.
Welcome to the board HH!
Have you already tried Avodart?
I checked out the site for the procedure despite the fact that I have taken the Saw Palmetto option for many years. But just starting Testosterone therapy made me want to catch up on the latest BPH treatments. I will do anything to avoid the "Gold Standard," TURP!).
Although they say most men have no lingering side effects (I would really like to see all the stats behind that hyperbole), they do mention erectile dysfunction as a possible sexual side effect. I was curious as to why retrograde ejaculation was not mentioned as it is typically an issue even with BPH meds and certainly with any surgery. I read down further and they say that men who are concerned with their fertility may opt out of this procedure.
Wondering why, I kept reading. First they say that if any part of the heated instrument touches the testicles that sterility can result. Well, that's a DUH! You would think that the doc isn't stoned when he does this or doesn't tell a bad joke or something and let it slip onto your testicles! But hey, there are risks with any surgery due to human error.
I kept reading and finally found, near the bottom, that retrograde ejaculation is a possible side effect. I would imagine that you will have to weigh all the pros and cons as well as other options before deciding. Is this procedure of "immediate concern?" Maybe you can do more research.
I also don't see anywhere in their statements about follow up. That is, how long will the results last? Will you have to undergo this procedure again in 5, 10, 15, or 20 years? I think that is certainly worth asking or getting further info on.
It seems that BPH treatments, although there are now more options, really haven't advanced that much since I first investigated them almost 15 ears ago.
Much more research is way overdue in this area.
I will say that the pix showing how the male urethra sits within the prostate is one of the best I have ever seen. I don't think most men have a clue how the prostatic fluid (30% of semen) gets into the urethra and how it is possible for a UTI to get in to the prostate.
I hope someone who has had this procedure can answer your question with more authority than I.