Why it's done

TUNA helps reduce urinary symptoms caused by BPH, including:

  • Frequent, urgent need to urinate
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Slow (prolonged) urination
  • Increased frequency of urination at night
  • Stopping and starting again while urinating
  • The feeling you can't completely empty your bladder
  • Urinary tract infections

TUNA might also be done to treat or prevent complications due to blocked urine flow, such as:

  • Recurring urinary tract infections
  • Kidney or bladder damage
  • Inability to control urination or an inability to urinate at all
  • Bladder stones
  • Blood in your urine

TUNA can offer several advantages over other methods of treating BPH, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and open prostatectomy. Possible advantages include:

  • Lower risk of bleeding. TUNA can be a good option for men who take medication to thin their blood or who have a bleeding disorder that doesn't allow their blood to clot normally.
  • No hospital stay. TUNA can be done on an outpatient basis and might be a safer option than surgery if you have certain other health problems.
Oct. 25, 2016
References
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