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Our Approach to Aquablation®
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, is a noncancerous condition that commonly occurs in many men as they age. Symptoms of BPH, such as trouble urinating, can interfere with your quality of life.
At Stanford Health Care, we offer Aquablation, a minimally invasive BPH therapy that uses a robotic approach, via heat-free waterjet resection of the prostate. We are one of only a handful of health care facilities on the West Coast offering this advanced therapy.
With Aquablation, our urology experts use a no-incision, no-heat procedure to target and remove the obstructing tissue of the enlarged prostate. This innovative therapy provides long-term relief of BPH symptoms with a low risk of side effects or complications.
What We Offer You With Aquablation
- Expert team of internationally recognized urology specialists, including doctors who have expertise in treating BPH.
- Comprehensive care for you as a unique person, including your emotional health and lifestyle.
- Award-winning, multispecialty medical center ranked among the top hospitals nationwide for patient safety and quality.
What Is Aquablation?
BPH symptoms often happen because the prostate gets too large and blocks the urethra (tube that carries urine out of the body). This blockage can cause problems with urination. By removing the part of the prostate that's causing symptoms, our doctors can relieve your bothersome urinary symptoms without adversely affecting sexual function.
With Aquablation, Stanford Medicine urologists use the precision of a robot to control a specialized waterjet. Doctors use the robot to insert the waterjet into the urethra, so there are no incisions. Your doctor uses these tools to remove the affected part of the prostate in one procedure. Because the therapy uses no heat, the risks of damage to surrounding areas and sexual dysfunction are extremely low.
Our doctors perform this therapy in the hospital, and you receive general anesthesia for comfort. During the procedure, your doctor uses specialized ultrasound imaging to view your prostate in real time. The ultrasound allows your doctor to map out your prostate's unique size and shape. With this map, your doctor provides you with a fully customized—and highly effective—treatment. The removal of the obstructing tissue can usually be accomplished in three to five minutes. You will stay one night in the hospital, and most patients go home the following morning without a catheter.
Stanford Health Care has one of the most advanced urology programs in the country. Our specialists provide the latest treatments for all types of urology conditions, focusing on each person’s dignity and unique needs.
Emeryville, CA 94608
Pleasanton, CA 94588
To make an appointment, please call:
Urology Clinic in Palo Alto: 650-723-3391
Urology Clinic in Pleasanton: 925-278-7095
Stanford Health Care provides Aquablation treatment for BPH. This minimally invasive therapy uses a heat-free water jet to remove enlarged prostate tissue.
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