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Lourdes Hospital Pioneers Aquablation Treatment for Men

Jun 25 2024

Throughout the past year, in collaboration with Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital, Patrick K. Ellison, MD has been at the forefront of pioneering Aquablation as a groundbreaking solution for men seeking relief from benign prostatic hyperplasia.

This innovative procedure has provided many individuals with a renewed sense of normalcy, offering a safe and effective option for those looking to take charge of their health.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects some men as they age. It is characterized by the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, which leads to various urinary symptoms. As the prostate grows, it can put pressure on the urethra, causing issues such as frequent urination, weak urine stream, inability to empty the bladder completely and urinary retention.

BPH can significantly impact a man’s quality of life and may require treatment depending on the severity of symptoms. That is where Aquablation comes in.

Aquablation therapy is changing the landscape of BPH treatment by using water-guided precision with the aid of robotics to tackle lower urinary tract symptoms. This technique can be adjusted to prostates of varying sizes and shapes, making it a versatile and dependable treatment option.

The use of heat-free water jet-controlled robotic technology distinguishes Aquablation therapy, allowing surgeons to visualize and remove prostate tissue with precision.

“The ability to alleviate the suffering of men with symptoms of BPH in our community through Aquablation brings me immense satisfaction,” Dr. Ellison says. “The inclusion of this procedure in the comprehensive care we offer at Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital stresses our dedication to improving the well-being of our patients.”

Through the integration of ultrasound imaging, surgeons can observe the entire prostate in real-time, enabling customization of the surgery to each patient’s unique anatomy. Dr. Ellison has performed many successful Aquablation procedures and highlights the importance of utilizing advanced, customized approaches to ensure optimal patient care.

“The control offered by the robotic water jet effectively guarantees consistent removal of the prostate tissue, minimizing any human error and ensuring the best outcomes,” he says.

Learn about the urology services we offer at Mercy Health.

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