Your urologist may recommend iTIND (Temporarily Inserted Nitinol Device) as a good alternative to surgery if you suffer from an enlarged prostate caused by BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).
The iTIND is placed in the area in the urethra under the prostate which is causing the flow of urine to be obstructed.
The device is deployed in a very simple minimally invasive procedure in a clinic, outpatients department or operating theatre as decided by the urologist. iTIND insertion takes just 5 minutes, after which you can go home. There are no catheters, no bleeding and you are able to go back to your normal activities (but not strenuous) right away.
For the first few days you will be conscious of the device in place (this is usually not painful), and you may have an urgent need to urinate. However some patients do report feeling pain and discomfort and need to take over-the-counter painkillers.
After 5 – 7 days you return to the clinic for the device to be removed. This takes about 5 minutes. For those that have experienced discomfort, any pain that is experienced quickly goes.
How does iTIND work?
The device starts working immediately after deployment by exerting pressure on the prostate urethral tissue from the inside, reshaping the prostatic urethra and helping clear the path for the flow of urine. A great advantage of the device is that it was designed to leave your sperm ducts intact, which reduces the chance of any sexual dysfunction (predominantly retrograde ejaculation).
After 5-7 days in the body, the device is removed in a quick process that takes just minutes. You will notice that your BPH symptoms have significantly decreased. Results will continue to improve over the course of 3 months, and you will enjoy them well into the future.
Availability in the UK As part of an international clinical trial, the iTind has been implanted at the University College London Hospital and at Frimley Park Hospital.
Professor Prokar Dasgupta implants the iTind at the London Clinic for suitable private patients.
For treatments on the NHS, the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading operates a One-Stop urology clinic where patients are given tests, diagnosed, and suitable treatment options offered including the iTind. Patients must be referred to the One-Stop clinic by GPs.
In Reading Mr Steve Foley at the Reading Urology Partnership offers private consultations and iTind for suitable patients