Microwave Treatment of the Prostate
Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT) is an office-based procedure for the treatment of BPH. This procedure uses microwaves to treat the enlarged prostate tissue which then sloughs off leaving a wider channel for urination.
The procedure involves the placement of a special catheter into the bladder with a special balloon and treatment element in the prostate. The balloon dilates the prostate and the treatment element then microwaves the prostate.
The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes and is done without any anesthesia. Patients are offered the option of taking a sedative prior to the procedure to help them to relax during the treatment. In the majority of cases, patients can leave the office without a catheter in place.