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Aquablation Studied as Enlarged Prostate Treatment

During a TURP procedure, a surgeon trims excess prostate tissue with an instrument called a resectoscope. Aquablation trims tissue too, but with a robotically-controlled high-pressure waterjet. Surgeons use ultrasound images on a computer monitor to map progress and make adjustments.

About two-thirds of men have some degree of sexual dysfunction after TURP, especially problems with ejaculation. In the trial, scientists wanted to know whether aquablation would have better sexual outcomes.

The study involved 181 men between the ages of 45 and 80. Both procedures appeared to have similar results for urinary symptoms.

For sexual symptoms, men treated with aquablation tended to have better ejaculatory function than those who underwent TURP.

Aquablation is still considered experimental, however. More research is needed before it can be recommended as a treatment for enlarged prostate.


Mayo Clinic

“Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)”

(August 9, 2017)


Helwick, Caroline

“'Aquablation' via Robot-Controlled Waterjet Treats BPH”

(November 1, 2017)

Procept Biotics

No title - Video describing AquaBeam aquablation treatment that was used in the trial.

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