One of the most common problems in Urology is difficulty with urination. Since Greek times, physicians have employed different methods to relieve problems associated with urinary obstruction due to an enlarging prostate gland. The Urology department at Kansas University Medical Centers offers a comprehensive array of diagnostic and treatment options for the enlarged prostate. These include oral medications, minimally invasive techniques, and transurethral resection of the prostate. We are the only major medical facility in this area offering the transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) of the prostate which involves the use of radiofrequency to heat the prostate and shrink it over a 3-6 week period. In addition, we are now offering transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT), which uses microwave therapy to help shrink the prostate and can be done in the clinic without the need for anesthesia. These procedures are offered as an out-patient therapy and have very few complications with excellent results.
For those with more advanced enlargement of the prostate, our physicians are very experienced in the surgical treatment of the enlarged prostate gland. The standard transurethral resection of the prostate formerly was associated with a large number of complications, however newer technologic advances have decreased these complications. The Department of Urology at the University of Kansas Medical Center is always seeking options to improve the outcomes of our patients who suffer from an enlarged prostate.