New Therapy For BPH

Prostate and urinary problems may be embarrassing and uncomfortable but patients need not suffer in silence.

Pantai Hospital Sungai Petani is the first private hospital in Malaysia to introduce a new minimally-invasive procedure known as Rezum Water Vapour Therapy, to help men seeking treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.

Datuk Dr Zainal Azim Abd Kadir, Consultant Urologist at the hospital, said: “Instead of undergoing surgery, patients suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia now have an alternative option whereby the procedure is quick, relatively painless and can be completed within 10 minutes.”

During the treatment, water vapour is injected into the enlarged prostate tissue in a targeted manner. When the steam contacts the tissue and turns back into water, the stored energy is released, killing the excess prostate tissue and causing it to shrink and widen the urethra opening. This will result in progressive improvement of urine flow and allow patients to enjoy a better quality of life.

Mohd Radzi, a 60-year-old patient who had undergone this treatment, shared that within a few weeks, he could urinate more comfortably than he had in the last ten years.

"It has totally changed my outlook. I'd just gotten used to accepting that my condition was a result of growing old and nothing could be done about it. I didn't fully realise how much it had impacted my life and the relief I felt after the procedure," he said.