In a nutshell
This study looked at the use of convective thermal (a form of heat) therapy to treat urinary symptoms in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH – an enlarged prostate). The study found that heat therapy is effective in the treatment of BPH symptoms.
BPH is an enlarged prostate that may cause bothersome bladder symptoms. Treatment includes medications and other surgical therapies that may have side effects. Convective thermal therapy involves delivering heat to the prostate to remove extra tissue. It is necessary to research if this is a safe and effective way to treat BPH urinary symptoms.
Methods & findings
197 men across 15 research centers were studied. Prostate and urinary symptoms were measured. Convective heat therapy was delivered to the extra prostate tissue and patients were followed for 3 years.
Improvements in prostate symptoms were seen in patients at 3 months. Urinary symptoms and quality of life were improved in patients throughout the 3 years. No side effects were reported by patients. 4.4% of patients needed to be re-treated over 3 years.
The bottom line
The study concluded that convective heat therapy is a safe and effective treatment for BPH and urinary symptoms.
The fine print
More research comparing heat therapy with other treatments will be useful.
Talk to your doctor about heat therapy to treat BPH and urinary symptoms.
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Nov 06, 2017
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