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Aquablation Therapy is an innovative, unique treatment for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH). It is an intuitive, minimally-invasive surgical treatment which treats lower urinary tract symptoms as a result of BPH, with a lower risk of life-altering side effects.

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia is a common condition in men over 50 years of age. It is not usually a serious threat to health, but causes problems with the flow of urine, interrupting sleep, and affecting wellbeing. The Urology specialists at The London Clinic use medication and surgery to treat BPH.

Aquablation therapy removes prostatic tissue using a heat-free waterjet, eliminating the risk of complications arising from thermal injury. It has been proven as a safe and effective treatment for BPH patients and has demonstrated a significant reduction in sexual side effects.

What are the advantages of Aquablation Therapy for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia?

Aquablation therapy is a NICE-approved treatment which combines an integrated cystoscope with ultrasound to provide surgeons with more information for improved decision-making and treatment planning.

The sophisticated robot monitor allows the surgeon to visualise the prostate from multiple angles. The surgeon is then able to map out the exact treatment contour and personalise the optimal tissue removal plan for each individual. 

The surgeon uses the multiple ultrasound views of the prostate to adjust the dimensions of the treatment which allows them to avoid the section of the anatomy responsible for continence and ejaculatory function.

Following the treatment planning, the AQUABEAM Robotic System carries out the treatment plan autonomously, resecting the targeted prostate tissue with a high-velocity waterjet.

Who can have treatment with Aquablation Therapy for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia?

The specialist Urology service at The London Clinic will evaluate your suitability for treatment with Aquablation therapy. The world-leading urologists will carefully assess your symptoms and discuss the effect they’re having on your life. 

Benign prostatic hyperplasia causes problems with passing urine. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficulty starting the flow of urine
  • Needing to pass urine more frequently
  • A weak urine stream 
  • Feeling that the bladder isn’t emptying completely
  • Dribbling after passing urine
  • Getting up at night to go to the toilet
  • Urgency when you need to pass urine
  • Incontinence and leaking of urine

Your consultant may order some investigations to gather more information. They will then discuss the potential therapeutic options, answer any questions, and develop a bespoke treatment plan.

Treatment facts

Aquablation Therapy at The London Clinic is a one-off treatment, carried out under general anaesthetic. Your urologist and the attending anaesthetist will ensure you are comfortable throughout.

The procedure takes approximately one hour. Following the treatment, you will be required to stay in hospital overnight, with the possibility of staying a second night.

What are the treatment risks?

All treatments have potential side-effects. The London Clinic’s experienced Urology consultants, together with the skilled nursing and support staff, work to minimise risks and support your safe recovery.

Potential side effects of Aquablation therapy include:

  • mild pain or difficulty when urinating
  • pelvic discomfort
  • blood in the urine
  • inability to empty the bladder and/or a frequent urge to urinate
  • possible urinary tract infection (UTI). 

There is also a low risk of ejaculatory dysfunction and injury to the urethra or rectum where the treatment has gained access to the body.

Your consultant will explain the risks and benefits of treatment and answer all your questions and concerns. 

Treatment recovery

Your recovery will depend on your general health and wellbeing. However, most people can return to normal activities within a few days, at the discretion of their physician.

There is no post-treatment or rehabilitation required. Patients can return home with a urinary catheter and may experience a mild burning sensation during urination, as well as rectal soreness. The targeted tissue should start to break down up to 10 days after treatment.

Your Urology Consultant will arrange a post-op appointment to discuss the effectiveness of the treatment and check that you are healthy and happy with your results.

The Role of the Urology Service at The London Clinic

In accordance with NICE, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, the Urology consultants work with highly-trained multidisciplinary teams to discuss and plan your treatment.

The specialist Urology team, together with state-of-the-art facilities and innovative treatments, ensures patients receive exceptional Urology care at The London Clinic.  Visit our Men's Health section for further information.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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