Absolute anhydrous alcohol (ethanol) is injected into the prostate in liquid or gel form through the urethra or the perineum. The alcohol destroys the BPH and can be applied to large prostates. This is a very rapid procedure (15-20 minutes) and can be used on patients with concomitant severe diseases and those that cannot undergo prolonged and profound anesthesia. It is carried out with local anesthesia or intravenous sedationand ultrasound. The patient is discharged the same day. The urethral probe is left in for between 5 and 7 days. 26% of patients need to be re-treated within 3 years of the procedure.
Photo (before ethanol) - Photo (6 months later)
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