Procedures

Rezum BPH Treatment in Houston, TX –    Rezum En Español


Rezum is the latest minimally-invasive technology that uses thermal energy in water vapor for treatment of an enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It utilizes steam to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing symptoms such as frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining and getting up at night to urinate. The procedure is scheduled to be done in clinic while you are awake.

The Benefits of Rezum


Historically, BPH has been treated with medications or surgery. Transurethral Resection of the Prostate surgery (TURP) has been well-known to be the standard of care for the treatment of BPH. However, it increases the risk of erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and orgasmic dysfunction (the ability to ejaculate). Rezum is a minimally-invasive procedure that usually takes less than 3 minutes in an outpatient setting and has the following benefits:

  • Provides an alternative to taking medications
  • Relieves urinary symptoms safely and effectively
  • Noticeable improvement within two weeks
  • Simple in-office procedure that does not require general anesthesia
  • No need to stay in the hospital
  • Preserves sexual function and the ability to ejaculate
  • Allows patients to return to regular activities within a few days

How is Rezum Performed?


Rezum is a treatment that is performed in the clinic or outpatient setting. The doctor performs a cystoscopy to evaluate the inside of the urinary channel. With a hand-held device, radio-frequency energy is applied to a few drops of water to create vapor (steam). That water vapor is then injected into the prostate tissue that is blocking the flow of urine from the bladder. The steam releases the energy into the cell membranes and will gently and immediately damage those cells by causing cell death. Over time, your body will absorb the treated prostate tissue and the urinary channel will re-open, relieving you of your urinary symptoms.


What to Expect on the Day of Your Procedure


  • The procedure involves two steps.
    1. You will be brought to an examination room and Dr. Clavell will perform an ultrasound lto measure the size of your prostate and administer local anesthesia to your prostate.
    2. You will then be transferred to the procedure room where the nurses will prepare you for the Rezum procedure (second step).
  • The Rezum procedure will be approximately 2-5 minutes long.
  • Once the Rezum procedure is over, an indwelling catheter will be placed to help drain your urine.
  • Given your prostate tissue will become swollen initially, you will need a catheter for 3 days. 3 days after the procedure, you will come to the clinic to have your catheter removed.

What Can I Expect After My Procedure?


After the procedure, an indwelling catheter will be placed to help drain your urine. Given your prostate tissue will become swollen immediately after the procedure, you will need the catheter to stay for 3 days. 3 days after the procedure, you will come to the clinic to have your catheter removed. Immediately after the catheter is removed, you might feel that your symptoms are worse than prior to your procedure. However, you will start noticing a gradual improvement of your symptoms after 2 weeks. This improvement will continue to progress up until 3 months after the procedure, when you will notice the maximal effect of the water vapor therapy. At that time, you will be scheduled to come back for a final evaluation with Dr. Clavell.


Why Choose Dr. Clavell?


Dr. Clavell is considered an expert in BPH and Rezum therapy. His protocol is well-known to minimize discomfort, optimize patient outcomes and is currently being adopted by many urologists in the community. Dr. Clavell will sit down and explain in detail what to expect before, during and after your procedure. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.