When should I discontinue the use of my current medication treating an enlarged prostate?
It is reasonable to do this in four weeks. In the case of very large prostates, it is recommended to do so three months after the procedure. The goal is to discontinue the use of medication needed to improve urination over the long term.
Is it normal that I see blood in ejaculate?
Yes, this is normal and it may take several weeks to gradually disappear.
Is it likely that my recovery will be slower if my prostate is larger?
Yes, the larger the prostate gland, the longer it takes for the condition to improve. During the first two weeks, you may experience greater discomfort than what is usual with smaller prostates. A larger gland requires a larger number of applications, which is associated with greater temporary tissue swelling.
What triggers the condition when my symptoms initially improve after the procedure and then worsen during the first three to six months?
A similar situation can occur sometimes – it is due to release of pieces of dead tissue during the healing process, causing a partial temporary blockage. It’s not a big problem, but you must contact your urologist.
Is there a limit to the prostate size?
The optimal size of a prostate is 30 – 80 ml (the volume is always determined during an examination before the procedure). It is possible to treat larger prostates, but lower success rates and higher levels of discomfort can be expected. However, if the method is unsuccessful, conventional surgical treatment may follow.
How long will it take before I’m able to go back to work and my regular activities?
It depends on the type of work, activities, but also the individual approach. If the activity requires great physical exertion and travel, we recommend abstaining from these activities for two weeks. Some men are able to go back to a sedentary office job within 2-3 days; others prefer to wait for the catheter to be removed and resumed urination.
Will my sexual function be affected after this procedure?
No. Studies have shown that patients who had a normal erection before treatment did not see it worsening after the procedure. Ejaculation (semen spray) was also not affected. On the contrary, cases of improved erection after the procedure were reported. This is not because the method treats erections, but because urinary problems associated with erectile dysfunction disappear/improve, which can indirectly lead to a normalisation (this is not guaranteed).