As men get older, the prostate gland naturally enlarges, leading to urinary symptoms and discomfort.
Traditionally, treatment options for BPH have often been limited to surgery or medication, but recent advancements in medical technology have opened the door for less invasive yet highly effective treatment options.
In this article, we will explore minimally invasive surgical therapies, more commonly known as MIST, to help you answer a very common question – should you consider getting a minimally invasive treatment to alleviate your BPH symptoms?
Firstly, let’s begin by breaking down exactly what MIST is. Minimally invasive surgical therapies (MIST) for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are procedures that can be done without general anesthesia or a hospital stay.
These minimally invasive procedures have minimal downtime, are outpatient procedures, and do not always require patients to wear a catheter post-procedure. Patients who undergo these treatments are able to return to their daily activities within a few days after the procedure.
They relieve patients of BPH symptoms without the use of medications or permanent implants, and allow patients to experience symptom relief within two weeks.
So, what are the benefits to getting a minimally invasive procedure? Well, there are quite a few, including the following:
After learning more about these procedures, you may be asking yourself – am I a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure?
Well, MIST therapies are typically suited for men that do not want to take any medication for their BPH symptoms on an ongoing basis, or have had a previous bad experience with medication. It is also recommended for men that do not wish to undergo the risks of a standard surgical intervention.
If satisfactory treatment results can be obtained with a MIST option, then this is usually the preferable option to avoid the risks and side effects of surgery or medication.
At BPH Canada, we offer 4 different minimally invasive treatments – Rezum Water Vapour Therapy, iTind, UroLift, and an investigational treatment still in the clinical trial phase known as Zenflow Spring.
The procedures for each MIST treatment are relatively similar. They all have the ability to be performed without a hospital stay.
If you believe that a minimally invasive therapy is right for you, get in touch now and consult with our world-class urologist within days.