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What is Recovery Like After Aquablation Therapy?

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There are numerous studies and surveys showing that large percentages of men avoid treating their benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) due to a fear of unwanted side effects and a lengthy recovery period. While some traditional BPH treatments do come with an increased risk of adverse side effects — those are not your only options. At Kasraeian Urology in Jacksonville, FL, our board-certified urologists, Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian are committed to utilizing the most modern and advanced urological technologies and treatments available today to help patients achieve their desired results in the most convenient and least disruptive way possible. For BPH specifically, Aquablation is a revolutionary treatment system that boasts a shorter recovery time and dramatically lower risk of side effects — almost zero — compared with other alternatives. Keep reading to learn more about Aquablation therapy for BPH, what you can expect during recovery, and how soon you may be able to resume your normal activities.

How do BPH treatments work?

To understand the mechanism by which many BPH treatments work — and why — it's important to know a little bit about the condition itself. BPH is primarily characterized by enlargement of the prostate, meaning the man has developed excess prostatic tissue over time. This is typically due to age but may also be associated with other risk factors, like genetics, diet, lifestyle, obesity, and others. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it can place undue pressure on the urethra — which is the tube through which urine flows — causing a variety of disruptive and even painful symptoms, such as:

  • Urinary frequency and urgency
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pushing or straining to void
  • Weak urine stream
  • Frequent nocturia (nighttime urination)
  • Spraying urinary stream
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)

Generally speaking, treatments for BPH involve reducing the size (volume) of the prostate. There are several treatment options for BPH, including medical and surgical interventions. For patients seeking the most convenient BPH treatment with the fewest side effects, Aquablation can be a fantastic choice.

How does Aquablation for BPH work?

Aquablation is performed using general anesthesia and involves mapping the prostate with ultrasound imaging to ensure only the targeted tissue is destroyed and the remaining tissue is left healthy and intact, which greatly reduces the risk of unwanted side effects — like sexual dysfunction and incontinence. A thin cannula is inserted through the urethra, and Dr. Kasraeian uses the image guidance to target and destroy excess prostate tissue using a heat-free, high-pressure water jet, removing the need for incisions, lasers, continuous medications, sutures, and other inconveniences.

What can I expect after Aquablation?

Patients will be required to stay in the hospital for at least one night after Aquablation therapy — but typically no longer. Patients should also keep in mind that they will have a catheter almost immediately following their procedure, but staying a single night in the hospital usually allows them to return home the following day catheter-free. Some mild burning on urination may linger for up to 1 – 2 weeks, and patients are typically cleared to resume their normal daily activities and routines after about 3 – 4 weeks, though light work should be possible much sooner. With the innovative technology and technique used in Aquablation, patients can expect minimal — if any — side effects, with an astounding 99% of men reporting no incontinence and almost 100% of men reporting no impact on erectile function, sexual desire, and overall sexual satisfaction after Aquablation.

Say goodbye to BPH symptoms without sacrificing your sexual function and continence with Aquablation in Jacksonville, FL

If you have been putting off BPH treatment because you're nervous about side effects or a lengthy and involved recovery period, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn about the exceptional outcomes and efficient healing that is possible with Aquablation. Take the first step toward getting the BPH relief you deserve by calling Kasraeian Urology to schedule your private consultation for BPH treatment in Jacksonville, FL with one of our board-certified urologists — Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian — today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.