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Aquablation Studied as Enlarged Prostate Treatment

Aquablation Studied as Enlarged Prostate TreatmentMen with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) - an enlarged prostate - may eventually have a new treatment option.

Scientists are studying a method called “aquablation,” which uses a waterjet to remove excess prostate tissue.

Recent clinical trials that compare the method with the “gold standard” transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) have had encouraging results, according to research presented at the Sexual Medicine Society of North America’s Fall Scientific Meeting, held in November 2017.

Enlarged prostate is a common condition, especially in older men, and it often leads to urinary problems. That’s because part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body, is surrounded by prostate tissue. Because the prostate tissue grows inward, it can squeeze the urethra, making it difficult for a man to urinate.

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