Prolieve® Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is a good candidate for treatment with the Prolieve® System?
Men with moderate to severe BPH symptoms, with a prostate size of 20g to 80g, with a prostate length of 1.2cm to 5.5cm.
2. What to expect during your Prolieve® System Treatment?
- First, the physician will evaluate you to see if you are a candidate for this therapy. The following is a list of tests your physician may order: urine analysis, urine culture, blood tests, uroflowmetry, ultrasound, and cystourethroscopy.
- You will be asked to empty your bladder.
- You will be asked to lie on your back on the treatment bed. Your physician will then apply anesthesia to the tip of your penis. This will help you to not feel pain while the catheter is inserted through your urethra.
- Before your physician inserts the catheter, K-Y® Jelly lubrication will be applied with a large syringe, without a needle, directly into the urethra.
- Your physician will then insert the catheter through the urethra into the bladder.
- Your physician will double check that the catheter is in place. This may be done by ultrasound.
- Next your physician will prepare the rectal temperature monitor for insertion.
- Treatment will then be initiated. It will last approximately 45 minutes. Your physician will monitor you at all times. If you experience severe pain, please inform your physician right away.
3. What to expect following your Prolieve® System Treatment?
You will be able to go home right after treatment. You should have someone drive you home after the procedure. 82% of patients leave the doctor’s office without a catheter. However, there is a chance you may need a catheter. There is no need for concern. The catheter will let the urine drain from your bladder while the swelling, if any, goes down. In most cases the catheter will need to remain for three days or less. Please follow your physician’s instructions carefully.
4. What is the difference Prolieve® Thermodilatation System of prostate treatment with other microwave thermotherapy?
- Circulating temperature controlled water to protect urethra wall from heat damage due to high temperatures
- Microwave antennas have no direct contact with the human body, no accidental burning of urethra lining
- 45-Minute In-Office Procedure, no post-treatment hospitalization is necessary, procedure is minimally invasive, with very few reported side effects
- 99% of patients treated did not experience reduction in sexual functions, proven long-term safety
5. Is Prolieve® thermodilatation Indication only for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
Prolieve® Thermodilatation system, patented registration can be used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and prostate cancer. Currently FDA approved treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.