Office TUNA Procedure FAQ
How do I know if the Office TUNA (Transurethral Needle Ablation®) Procedure is right for me?
If you are experiencing symptoms of BPH, you should consult your physician. Your physician will run a series of tests to determine if you indeed have BPH. The decision of how to treat your BPH should then be decided in conjunction with your physician. Most patients with BPH can be treated with the Office TUNA® procedure at our clinic as an outpatient.
Is the procedure safe in the office?
Yes, the procedure is safe. The instruments used in the procedure contain several important safety features. For example, the instrument constantly measures temperature in the treatment area and automatically shuts off if it detects that it is getting too hot. You also are able to avoid the risk of general anesthesia that is required with some other procedures.
How does the procedure work?
The Office TUNA® procedure is a nonsurgical treatment. You will be given a mild sedative to take orally, and local anesthesia is delivered to the prostate via a small catheter inserted into the urethra. Your physician will then insert the TUNA® device, which delivers low-level radio frequency energy directly into the prostrate. This energy shrinks the prostrate tissue by 15 to 20%, which then relieves the constriction on the urethra. After the procedure is complete, you will be given fluids to drink and will be asked to remain in the office until you urinate. In some cases J. Antonio Alarcon, M.D., may elect to insert a catherer to ensure your comfort in the initial hours after the procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
The Office TUNA® Procedure usually takes about half an hour. However, your entire visit will probably take from about an hour to an hour and a half, in order for J. Antonio Alarcon, M.D., to prepare you for the procedure, perform the procedure itself, and get you prepared to go home.
Will I have to spend the night in the hospital?
No, this procedure was designed for an office setting. You may be awake during the procedure. You should need only local anesthesia that is delivered via a catherer to the targeted area.
This procedure was designed for use in an clinic or an outpatient setting. You should be able to go home the same day.
How long will it be before I can return to my normal activities?
Most Office TUNA® Procedure patients return to their normal activities quickly after the procedure, while some patients may require a day or two.
Will there be any sexual side effects?
The ability to have normal and natural sexual relations is important at any age. Less than 2% of TUNA® patients experience any sexual side effects. One of the major advantages of the Office TUNA® Procedure is the maintenance of natural sexual function.
How soon can I expect my BPH symptoms to go away?
Most patients notice improvement within two to six weeks.