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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Loyola Medicine's Men's Health Center Offers New, Minimally Invasive Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

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MAYWOOD, IL.—Loyola Medicine is offering an innovative, fast and minimally invasive, one-time treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, a common condition affecting most older men.

By age 50, more than 50% of men (and more than 90% by age 85) suffer from BPH, which causes a variety of uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms, including:

  • Night time waking to urinate (nocturia)
  • An increased frequency and urgency to urinate
  • The feeling that the bladder has not quite emptied following urination
  • A weak urine stream

If left untreated, BPH can lead to more serious urinary, bladder and kidney problems.

The condition typically evolves over many years, when non-cancerous, unnecessary tissue grows within the urethra, says Loyola urologist and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine professor of urology Kevin McVary, MD, in a Loyola Medicine video. Dr. McVary is also the director of the newly opened Men’s Health Center at the Loyola Center for Health in Burr Ridge.

“Around the mid-20s, there’s a small portion of the prostate, called the transition zone, which suddenly begins to grow new tissue,” says Dr. McVary. The transition zone is located in the urethra, “the outlet of the bladder to the outside world, where it can block the flow of urination.”

Prescription medication can minimize BPH symptoms, but often with side effects that may include sexual dysfunction. Loyola offers a new water vapor therapy (RezumÔ), which takes less than 10 minutes and involves the insertion of a scope into the urethra (administered with anesthesia).

“Just a drop of water is converted to steam, actually inside the handle of the instrument,” says Dr. McVary. “The steam travels through the prostate tissues, between the cells, and within nine seconds has killed any prostate cell it touches.”

As the procedure is “confined to only the obstructive tissue,” it does not diminish or alter a patient’s sexual function. A recent study by Dr. McVary, published in the Journal of Urology, found that the procedure continued to offer “significant improvements in lower urinary tract symptoms, quality of life and flow rate at five years post procedure.

Many men “are not interested in taking medication for the rest of their life,” says Dr. McVary. This is a one-time, “definitive procedure” that can safely and quickly eliminate BPH and related symptoms.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.