Leonard S. Marks, M.D.
January, 1998 - The ideal treatment for prostatic obstruction has been described as a durable, effective outpatient procedure, requiring only a single session, minimal anesthesia, and without the after-effects of TURP. Transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT) may be such a treatment for many men with symptomatic bladder outlet obstruction. The first such treatment device -- manufactured by the French firm EDAP/Technomed and known as the PROSTATRON -- was introduced in Europe in 1991 and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May, 1996. To date, tens of thousands of Prostatron treatments have been performed worldwide.
Now a partnership between selected physicians and a U.S. public company, Prime Medical Services, is bringing the Prostatron to California. Prime Medical is the company which made lithotripsy widely available, and much enthusiasm is building for introduction of the new device in the Western U.S. Start-up is expected late in the third quarter of 1997.
Of all the minimally-invasive treatments for prostatic obstruction, TUMT is the only one that leaves the urethral lining intact. USRF is anticipating active involvement in furthering the science of TUMT.
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