University Urology Associates Designated as a Center of Excellence for Rezūm™ Water Vapor Therapy

University Urology Associates Designated as a Center of Excellence for RezūmTM Water Vapor Therapy, a Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or Enlarged Prostate.

Center of Excellence Recognizes High Degree of Experience with New Technology

University Urology Associates (UUA) has been designated as a Center of Excellence for RezūmTM Water Vapor Therapy treatment – a minimally invasive in-office procedure for men looking to treat their benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), not just the symptoms. Rezūm Therapy uses natural water vapor to reduce the size of the prostate and provide lasting symptom relief from BPH without invasive surgery or some of the potential side effects of prescription drugs.1 The Center of Excellence designation recognizes UUA’s high degree of experience with Rezūm Water Vapor Therapy and commitment to delivering significant, lasting symptom relief to men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).1

BPH is a condition in which a man’s prostate enlarges and squeezes the urethra, causing frustrating symptoms such as frequent or urgent urination, a weak or interrupted urine stream, and the need to get up several times a night to urinate. It affects about 50% of men by age 60, and up to 90% of men by age 85.2

“Being designated as a Rezūm Center of Excellence is a meaningful recognition for us, as we strive to provide the best possible treatment of urological conditions for patients in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario. For years, the primary options for treating BPH were through behavior modifications, medications, or invasive surgery. However, medications may not work for everyone and may have undesirable side effects such as dizziness, sexual dysfunction and lower sex drive.3 With Rezūm Therapy, we’re able to provide relief of BPH for men who do not want to take medication or want to avoid invasive surgery and implants.”

– Dr. Dean Elterman, University Urology Associates

During Rezūm Therapy, which takes place during one short office visit, natural water vapor is released throughout the targeted prostate tissue. When the steam contacts the tissue and turns back to water, it releases energy, killing the excess prostate cells that squeeze the urethra. Over time, the body’s natural healing response removes the dead cells and shrinks the prostate. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, relieving BPH symptoms while preserving erectile and urinary function.1 The procedure does not require general anesthesia and is performed under oral sedation or local anesthesia.1

Rezūm Therapy has undergone extensive clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the treatment.1 It is now included in the American Urological Association’s BPH treatment guidelines and has four-year follow-up data showing its ability to treat prostates with hyperplasia of the central zone, lateral lobe and/or median lobe.4

Rezūm Therapy is currently being used in many leading urology practices throughout the United States. To date, more than 55,000 patients around the world have been successfully treated with Rezūm Therapy. 5

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1 McVary KT, Rogers T, Roehrborn CG. Rezūm water vapor thermal therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: 4-year results from randomized controlled study. Urology. 2019 Apr;126:171-9.

2 What is BPH? Urology Care Foundation website. Accessed August 5, 2019.

3 Roger K and Gilling P. Fast Facts: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, 7th edition. Health Press. 2011.

4 McVary KT, Gange SN, Gittleman MC et al. Minimally invasive prostate convective water vapor energy (WAVE) ablation: A multicenter, randomized, controlled study for treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2016 May;195(5):1529-38.

5 Date on file with Boston Scientific.

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Urolift vs TURP

Got BPH? Here’s how it happened. The prostate surrounds the urethra. When the prostate becomes enlarged, which is typical as we age, it puts pressure on the urethra disrupting the urine flow and causing all the other symptoms related to BPH (you know the ones: frequent trips to the bathroom and nothing coming out, urgent need to pee, dribbling, infections, and so on).

Both Urolift and TURP are surgical procedures used to treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. There are some key differences between these two and we hope this comparison will help you decide which one is the right choice for you based on your lifestyle and priorities.

TURP Key Differences and Procedure

  • An older, invasive technology
  • Requires a general or spinal anesthetic
  • 2 in 3 patients will develop sexual dysfunction as a result, including erectile issues OR retrograde ejaculation (“dry orgasm”) *
  • Requires an overnight stay at the hospital
  • Longer bleeding time and clots more likely
  • More side-effects if you’re older
  • Treatment is free in Ontario for OHIP-eligible patients

During a TURP, the enlarged portion of the prostate is removed. A combined visual and surgical instrument (resectoscope) is inserted through the tip of your penis and into the urethra. This instrument is used to cut out the enlarged portion of your prostate.

Urolift Key Differences and Procedure

  • A minimally-invasive procedure
  • A recent innovation, thoroughly tested over the last 5 years
  • Preserves erectile and ejaculatory function
  • Is performed under light sedation or local anesthetic
  • An outpatient procedure with no downtime
  • Faster recovery with less bleeding and discomfort post-procedure
  • Treatment is fee-based; the costs may be covered by some private insurance plans and/or written off at tax time (consult your insurance provider and accountant for more info)

The Urolift approach is to open and contain the enlarged prostate, even if it continues to grow. Relief is achieved by placing tiny implants (like stitches) that hold the prostate in place and keep the urethra open. These implants are permanent. [Read more about Urolift]


The results for TURP and Urolift are comparable, with 80 to 90% of men reporting an improvement in their BPH symptoms. The decision comes down to a few factors:

  • Whether you’re eligible for Urolift based on your condition, general health and age
  • Whether the preservation of erectile and ejaculatory function is a concern
  • Affordability
    * World J Urol. 2004 Dec;22(6):457-60. Epub 2004 Oct 16.
    * Asian J Androl. 2006 Jan;8(1):69-74.