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What is BPH?

BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) refers to non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. Many men experience BPH as they age. It affects about 50 percent of men age 60 or older and 90 percent of men age 85 or older.

Men with BPH / enlarged prostate often experience many symptoms with urination, including frequency and urgency, straining, frequent stopping and starting, and needing to go more often at night. Issues with the bladder, urinary tract, and kidneys can also occur.

In addition, BPH impacts men’s overall quality of life. One study shows BPH leads to, among other things, sleep disturbances, discomfort, and embarrassment about symptoms. However, 81% of participants expressed concern about surgery.

In the United States, more than 12 million men are actively receiving enlarged prostate treatment for symptom management, but, for two million of them, medication has failed.

What is Aquablation?

aquabeam robot for aquablation surgery, BPH treatmentAquablation® for BPH is a minimally invasive, enlarged-prostate surgery option, providing both significant symptom relief and a lower risk of sexual side effects than traditional TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate).

Canton-based Mercy Medical Center is Ohio’s first to offer Aquablation Therapy through PROCEPT BioRobotics‘ AquaBeam® Robotic System. Aquablation is the only FDA-cleared BPH surgery option that combines:

  • Real-time, multi-dimensional imaging
  • Surgical robotics
  • Heat-free waterjet for targeted, precise, and safe removal of prostate tissue
  • Reduced risk of sexual side effects

If you’ve been avoiding BPH prostate treatment or medical management isn’t helping, Aquablation Therapy eliminates the need to make the choice between symptom relief and risk. Learn more about Mercy Surgery Center and our experienced robotic surgery team.

Which Urologists Perform Aquablation?

Dr. Ochs, a Canton, Ohio-based urologist qualified to provide UroLift and Aquablation for BPHSteven E. Ochs, M.D., a urologist at Urology One and chair of Mercy Medical Center’s Department of Surgery, is currently the only physician performing Aquablation in Ohio.

Board certified by the American Board of Urology, Dr. Ochs specializes in the management and treatment of BPH in the Canton area and beyond. After performing Ohio’s first UroLift® System implant in 2015 at Mercy, his practice was Ohio’s first to earn designation as a UroLift Center of Excellence in 2018.

Dr. Ochs is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his urology residency training at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. He has also served in the United States Navy at Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, and National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Ochs’ office is located at 1330 Mercy Drive N.W., Suite 510, Canton, OH 44708. For more information, call 330-456-6760.

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