NGMC Gainesville now offering aquablation therapy to treat enlarged prostates

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Patients experiencing lower urinary track symptoms related to an enlarged prostate now have access to a more precise, minimally invasive treatment option at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville, as the first Aquablation procedures were performed yesterday.

Aquablation therapy to treat an enlarged prostate, clinically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is performed by a surgeon using the AquaBeam© Robotic System. It is the only procedure that uses a heat-free waterjet controlled by robotic technology to remove any excess prostate tissue causing symptoms. No incision is made, as the prostate is reached through the urethra. In addition, it is the only procedure that combines a camera with ultrasound imaging, giving the surgeon the ability to see the entire prostate in real time.

David Stanley, MD, and Ajay Gopalakrishna, MD, both urologists with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, performed the first Aquablation procedures at NGMC Gainesville on May 21. NGMC Braselton began offering Aqublation therapy in August 2023.

“We’re excited to bring this technology to Gainesville and expand on current options for BPH treatment,” said Timothy Brock, MD, urologist with The Prostate Center of Georgia, a division of Gainesville Urology. “For many men, Aquablation offers a more effective and lasting solution with lower risk of side effects.”

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