The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved the safety and efficacy of a new technique for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. The technique involves thermal ablation of the prostate using steam delivered via a retractable needle, while saline is delivered to surrounding tissue to protect it from damage.
At present, the condition is typically treated with drugs, with more severe cases treated surgically (which presents a risk of side-effects). It is hoped the new technique will provide this degree of efficacy but with reduced side-effects, and represents a case of novel medical technology replacing established surgical procedures.
The full NICE Guidance can be found here