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These are the most frequently asked questions about Plasma Therapy and the Plasma Procedure. Don't see your question listed? Please contact your physician, or contact an Olympus rep.

DOES MY INSURANCE COVER THE PROCEDURE?

The procedure is covered by Medicare and most private insurers. Contact your health insurance provider for additional information.

IS PLASMA THERAPY TREATMENT PERMANENT?

Yes, Plasma Therapy procedure is permanent and is known to be the gold standard in treatment for patients with BPH. It is long-lasting and has great clinical results. 

WHEN CAN I RESUME MY NORMAL ROUTINE OR ACTIVITIES?

The Plasma Therapy procedure typically allows you to return to your normal schedule quickly. Your doctor will be able to advise when you can resume your regular activities.

DO I HAVE TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER A PROCEDURE?

Surgeons have the ability to discharge their patients the same day. According to studies, surgeons have discharged 81.7% of patients on the same day of surgery.1 Your doctor will talk with you about specific discharge instructions before and after the procedure.

DO I STOP TAKING MY BLOOD THINNERS PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE?

Plasma technology has been demonstrated on patients undergoing anticoagulant therapy2; however your doctor will talk with you about all of your medications before the procedure.

HOW WILL THIS PROCEDURE AFFECT MY WORK? HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED TO TAKE OFF?

Your doctor will be able to advise when you can resume your regular activities, including work. The Plasma Therapy Procedure typically allows you to return to your normal schedule and routine quickly.

WHAT WILL I FEEL DURING AND AFTER THE TREATMENT?

Some patients may experience minimal postoperative discomfort. As with every medical treatment, potential side effects are:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Cramping in the bladder or an urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination, burning sensation

Following your Plasma Therapy procedure, you should contact your doctor immediately if you:

  • See large amounts of blood in your urine
  • Have a temperature in excess of 101° F
  • Experience chills or shaking
WHAT RISKS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF?

The risk for serious complications depends on your medical condition and age. Ask your doctor what you should expect after surgery, as well as the potential risks that may occur with surgery.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF AFTER THE TREATMENT?

Arrange for transportation following your procedure as you will not be able to drive. Follow any postoperative instructions from your doctor.

HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED CHECKUPS WITH MY DOCTOR?

Patients usually have follow-up exams for 2 years after the procedure. Your physician will advise on your follow-up exams.

These exams may include patient history, including any change in BPH symptoms like voiding or hematuria (blood in the urine), urinalysis and cystoscopy. Follow-up treatments may also include intravesical therapies as needed.

WILL THE SURGERY AFFECT MY SEX LIFE? MY SOCIAL LIFE?

Patients may notice the possibility of retrograde ejaculation, which occurs when semen shoots back into the bladder rather than coming out through the urethra. This does not impact sexual function, sensation or activity, but may be a concern for patients if they are not aware of its possibility.

HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK?

Watch how Plasma is used to treat BPH in our library of procedural videos on the Resource Hub

Resource Hub

Our education hub offers patients and physicians a host of resources related to BPH and Plasma Therapy.

Plasma News

Learn about the latest news, clinical studies, and resources for Plasma Therapy.

Clinical Studies

Plasma Therapy procedures have been investigated and presented in multiple accredited medical journals.

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1How I do it: Same day discharge for transurethral resection of prostate using Olympus PlasmaButton and PlasmaLoop. Available at: http://www.canjurol.com/html/free-articles/JUV23_I5_16_FREE_DrKernenSECURE.pdf 
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