Urology San Antonio Named First Rezūm Center of Excellence in Texas

January 17, 2009 – Urology San Antonio is proud to announce we have been honored as the first Center of Excellence in Texas for the Rezūm® System. Rezūm is an innovative minimally invasive treatment option for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Urology San Antonio has treated over 250 patients using the Rezūm System.

“It’s a real honor for Urology San Antonio to be named a Center of Excellence. Since my initial exposure to the Rezūm System during its early clinical trials, I was impressed and excited in the potential this new technology held,” says Christopher Cantrill, M.D. of Urology San Antonio. “Now after treating hundreds of patients in practice with the Rezūm, I continue to be impressed with its ability to make a significant positive impact on the quality of life of my patients with a fraction of the risks compared to prior treatments.”

Urology San Antonio worked with researchers to develop the Rezūm System in order to better serve patients who were hesitant to opt for more risky surgeries or take additional medication to treat their BPH symptoms. BPH is a localized, enlargement of the prostate gland in aging adult men. Nearly 12 million U.S. men suffer from BPH-related symptoms that may require therapy.  BPH causes significant quality of life issues including lack of sleep, anxiety, challenges with sexual function and limits to daily activities.

Rezūm is administered on an out-patient basis and can be performed under oral sedation or local anesthesia. Rezūm uses the stored thermal energy in water vapor (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. Following the Rezūm treatment, patients begin seeing improvements in as little as two weeks.

“BPH really changed who I was, so when I saw Dr. Cantrill and he explained Rezūm I was immediately interested,” explains Michael Garcia, a patient at Urology San Antonio. “The whole thing was quick, and I noticed improvements in a few weeks. I’m off the meds, I feel great – Rezūm really gave me my quality of life back.”

Highlights of the therapy include:

  • Performed in-office and patients can return home immediately
  • Does not require general anesthesia
  • Relieves symptoms safely and effectively
  • Is an alternative to BPH medications
  • Provides noticeable symptom improvement within two weeks
  • Preserves erectile and urinary functions
  • Allows patients to return to regular activities within a few days
  • Is considered medically necessary by Medicare and is covered by most private insurance.

Patients interested in a consultation should contact Urology San Antonio at (210) 582-5505 or to learn more about Rezūm, click here.