Regarding your friend, the first question is "Why did he go to a urologist?" Not enough information has been provided here to make a meaningful response. There's potentially lots of reasons, but we might assume (since he was looking into Rezum) that it was because of one of the many symptoms of BPH, like urinary frequency, or urinary hesitancy, etc., etc. A biopsy, however, is definitely not the next step for BPH symptoms.
Maybe he had an unusually high PSA test result? But even then, a good urologist will typically look first at eliminating the benign causes of high PSA (like BPH) way, way before ordering a biopsy.
There's missing infomation here...
But one thing is for sure, this comment about
Rezum is wrong:
That's a procedure for BPH. Not really a biopsy, but sometimes the tissue could be sent to a pathologist.
Rezum does not gather any tissue for possible pathological analysis. When one has BPH, the prostate enlarges (thus creating more PSA) and can constrict the urethra which runs right down the middle of it. With the Rezum treatment, a thin tube is inserted up through the penis and positioned in the center of the prostate. A blast of steam (water vapor) is sent through the tube, and the release of thermal energy "kills" the nearby cells...thereby
opening up the passage for urine to pass more freely.
hope that helps!
Post Edited (Normal59) : 9/19/2018 11:46:01 AM (GMT-6)