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BPH – Medical Devices



Devices that are utilized or generally to improve or remove the obstruction that the prostate may present to the bladder’s ability to empty. So some of these devices can be deployed in the office where it doesn’t require a significant amount of anesthesia or just local anesthesia, and it can help clear obstructive tissue. Other devices require some level of anesthesia or deeper anesthesia, and usually are done in an ambulatory care center or even in the hospital. So it depends on how severe the symptoms are and if there are other factors associated with the symptoms such as complete inability to empty the bladder. The overwhelming majority of patients who ultimately have treatment with a medical device for BPH do not require an overnight stay in the hospital. And a significant number can be done in a physician’s office with little to no anesthesia. If it’s what we call a minimally invasive office type procedure, typically, following the procedure, you may temporarily need to wear a urethral catheter for a brief period of time. Typically one to two days, sometimes a little bit longer. If it’s a more extensive procedure that needs to be done in a more controlled setting, such as an ambulatory care center or in the hospital, it typically is done on an outpatient basis, but you’ll probably require a catheter for up to a week.

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