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Hello. This is my first time posting here but I wanted to discuss a problem I had with the Rezum procedure since I've seen similar discussions elsewhere on this site in discussions which are mostly closed. When I did research before my Rezum procedure there was almost no negative comments to be found anywhere online and my urologist suggested it strongly for me since I was adamant about not wanting any sexual side effects.
I had the procedure last August. It is now the end of February. The procedure, for me, was extraordinarily painful throughout. I have had three prostate biopsies with this urologist which were not painful at all so my tolerance for pain is pretty high. I was almost in tears with Rezum even with the prostate block. My doctor did not put me on a catheter after the procedure since I had been trained to self cath and I voided after the procedure without catheterization (painfully).
I noticed no improvement from symptoms until five months after the procedure but after that time I was only getting up twice a night to go to the bathroom. I was grateful for that. However, I was one of the negligible number of men who now suffer from retrograde ejaculation after the procedure. I was led to believe that this complication was extraordinarily rare but apparently I am the unlucky one. My personal opinion is that this complication is far more common then the company is letting on. I stopped taking BPH mediations because of retrograde ejaculation and now it is how I will live my life for the rest of my life. I know it's not the end of the world and many people have much bigger problems.....but I'm only 50 years old and the thought that I will not be able to ejaculate or have an intense orgasm again is depressing......especially since my urologist was so confident that this would not be a problem. If I thought this would be my likely outcome I would not have had the procedure. I just wanted to give my story so that others can make a more sound decision when considering options for procedures. Rezum is not complication free. Far from it.
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