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Breakthrough BPH Treatment Improving Men’s Health

Published 01/31/2024
Arnold Sarazen, MD and surgical team with AquaBeam system in an Operating Room at South County Hospital
Arnold Sarazen, MD, Chief of Surgery and Urology at South County Health, performed South County Hospital's first Aquablation procedure on January 20, 2024 using the AquaBeam System. He's pictured here with Kristin Pearce, Surgical Technician, and Patrice Rocha, Operating Room RN.

Aquablation Therapy now available at South County Hospital

Arnold Sarazen, MD, Chief of Surgery and Urology at South County Health, performed the first Aquablation procedure at South County Hospital on January 20, 2024. This procedure, Aquablation therapy, is the latest in medical technology for men suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate.

Now available at South County Hospital, Aquablation therapy is an advanced, minimally invasive treatment that allows our surgeons to use the power of water delivered with robotic precision to provide long-lasting BPH relief without compromise and minimal risk of irreversible complications like incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and ejaculatory dysfunction, all with a fast recovery time.

“We are proud to be the first in Southern Rhode Island to offer a solution for men with BPH that provides significant, long-lasting symptom relief, with lower risk to sexual function and continence,” said Arnold Sarazen, MD, Chief of Surgery, Chief of Urology, South County Health. “Aquablation therapy is the next step to furthering our commitment to innovation and providing access to new technological advancements to our community. Being able to provide this treatment, right here in South County, is going to significantly improve the lives of our patients.”

Arnold Sarazen, MD, Chief of Surgery and Urology at South County Health

BPH has been in the global spotlight over the last few weeks. In late January, King Charles III made his struggle with the health problem public as a way of sending a message to other men to get their prostates checked. Following the disclosure, the English National Health Service website saw a surge in searches about enlarged prostates, an interest welcomed by doctors and charities.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said the King was "delighted to learn that his diagnosis is having a positive impact on public health awareness." The Urology team at South County Health is hopeful that this increased awareness will be of benefit to local patients.

Aquablation therapy is performed by board-certified surgeons specializing in urology using the AquaBeam® Robotic System. The procedure combines real-time, multi-dimensional imaging, automated robotics, and heat-free waterjet ablation for targeted, controlled, and immediate removal of prostate tissue. This technology allows for the creation of a personalized treatment plan tailored to each patient’s anatomy. Aquablation therapy is performed under anesthesia in South County Hospital’s operating room. The procedure typically takes about an hour, and patients typically stay overnight in private rooms in our 5-star, award-winning inpatient surgical units.

To see if you or a loved one is a candidate for this procedure, please call South County Health Urology at (401) 788-8780 to schedule a consultation today.


Learn more at Aquablation at one of our upcoming educational events discussing Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Prostate Health and Aquablation Therapy.