HAMPSHIRE Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become the first in Britain to carry out a new procedure that could improve the lives of thousands of men.

Rezum is a new treatment for the common problem of enlargement of the prostate, which can cause men a number of issues. It can be carried out under local anaesthetic and has less impact on quality of life than the conventional alternatives.

Richard Hindley, Hampshire Hospitals’ consultant urologist, recently became the first surgeon in Britain to carry out a Rezum procedure and is excited about the opportunities that the treatment presents.

He said: “I am delighted that we are now able to offer men in Hampshire this treatment, which can ease the problems caused by an enlarged prostate quickly and with few side effects.”

Rezum injects small amounts of steam directly into the prostate, killing some of the benign tissue. The gland then shrinks as it repairs itself, relieving men of symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, which include difficulty passing water as well as needing to visit the toilet more frequently and with more urgency.

Mr Hindley added: “Seventy per cent of men over 70 and half of men over 50 suffer some symptoms due to an enlarged prostate. Until now we have treated this with medication until it got to the point where we had to carry out a fairly big operation to ease the problems.

“Rezum is a quick procedure and patients can be discharged the same day. It is also a non-invasive treatment, meaning there is much less chance of it having side effects, improving quality of life overall.”

David Livie was one of the first patients to receive Rezum treatment at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital. The 63-year-old had been on medication for three years but his symptoms were getting worse. His prostate is still in the process of healing, but he’s already noticed a real difference.

“I’m already finding going to the toilet much easier and I’m waking up much less in the night,” Mr Livie said. “Before the procedure, I was having to get up two or three times every night. Now I only have to get up once and there have been nights when I’ve been able to sleep right through. I was really pleased not to need a big operation. I had the procedure on a Thursday and by the Saturday I was well enough to walk 10 miles. I was back to work on the Monday and there have been no real side effects.”

He added: “I would certainly encourage other men to ask whether Rezum treatment might be suitable for them. It could make a real difference to a lot of people.”