Associate Professor Sree Appu (Urologist) performed the first procedure in Victoria using the newly developed iTind device for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. The new (temporarily implanted) device widens the urethra opening without burning or cutting the prostate tissue.
Prof Appu says the iTind procedure reduces downtime for patients. "It is minimally invasive and allows patients to return to normal life sooner. The device also won't compromise their sexual function".
John Wriedt was the first Victorian man to undergo the procedure and had the iTind device removed after 7 days on April 20. John decided to have the iTind procedure after he received a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) year ago.
"Recovery from the TURP was quite difficult for me and the prostate tissue has since grown back. I'm getting up five or six times a night. I'm sleep deprived, it disturbs my partner, and it's just all around not good".
Mr Wriedt hopes the iTind procedure will improve his quality of life. "Sleep is so important, and I hope to be able to sleep better and be more rested. It will mean that I'm more tolerant and a happier person to be around".
Prof Appu found the first procedure to be straightforward and a success and said John should be fully recovered in a short amount of time. "The tissue blocking the urethra has been completely cleared. This is a great result for Mr Wriedt".
An enlarged prostate (BPH) affects 50% of men between 51 and 60 years of age and increases by 10 per cent with each decade. BPH causes the prostate to press against the urethra, which leads to chronic lower urinary tract symptoms. These symptoms can significantly impact quality of life, including issues with urination, frequently needing to visit the toilet, infrequent flow, not being able to sleep through the night and sexual dysfunction.