BROOKSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 28, 2023) – HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital announced today the availability of a new robotic therapy for the treatment of an enlarged prostrate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The advanced, minimally invasive technique provides long-lasting symptom improvement without compromising sexual function.
BPH, or an enlarged prostate, is a non-cancerous condition where the prostate has grown to be larger than normal. One in two men ages 51 to 60 have BPH, and the incidence increases every decade of life. If left untreated, BPH can cause significant health problems, including irreversible bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones and incontinence.
This therapy is a different type of treatment for BPH. It is an advanced, minimally invasive approach that uses the power of water delivered with robotic precision to provide long-lasting symptom relief.
Joseph Menard was the first patient to receive this therapy at Oak Hill Hospital. The procedure was performed by Nabeel Hamoui, M.D., MBA, board certified in both urology and interventional radiology. Menard said he tried all of the non-surgical options before choosing surgery.
“I had been researching this for months and was very impressed with the fact that the doctor can map out the surgery before it starts using 3D mapping, and that they use an ultrasound with the scope,” Menard said. “Before this therapy, I couldn’t go more than two hours from home without knowing where the bathroom was so I couldn’t travel with my wife. I felt like a prisoner in my own home.”
Menard said Dr. Hamoui prepared him well for what the post-op process would be like.
“I’ve only had two surgeries in my life, and this one was minimally invasive and went very well. The mapping, the robotic assistance and the three-dimensional capability amazed me, and I’m ready to get my life back.”
Oak Hill Hospital invested more than $40 million in new equipment, technologies and service expansions in 2022, expanding and improving the services available for physicians and their patients.
“As our community continues to grow and the needs of our patients change, we invest in the latest technology so that our patients can stay local for the best care possible,” said Kenneth Wicker, CEO. “Minimally invasive robotic-assisted therapies allow our surgeons to work more precisely and help our patients get back to doing the things they enjoy.”
Hamoui said that adding this therapy gives men the option to have an incision-less procedure with a full return to their normal daily activities within a month.
“This is a great new treatment for men with large prostrates and it’s safer for patients, with a faster recovery time. Seeing these patients transform their lives, and get their quality of life back, is the most fulfilling aspect. It helps us remember why we as doctors put in the long hours,” explained Hamoui.
For more information about Oak Hill Hospital and our urology services, visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com
PHOTO: Joseph Menard was the first patient to receive this new BPH treatment at HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital performed by surgeon Nabeel Hamoui, M.D.
About HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital
HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984 and is the largest private employer and largest hospital in Hernando County, with 350 beds. The facility offers Hernando County’s only heart surgery program. Other key services include the maternity suites, neonatal intensive care, women’s imaging, cancer care, orthopedics and spine services. HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital’s health care delivery team is comprised of more than 600 physicians, 1,800 caregivers and more than 100 volunteers. The hospital is a statutory teaching hospital training the next generation of physicians. For more information, visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com