Sharon Regional Medical Center announced on Thursday that it has added a new treatment option in the form of Rezum Water Vapor Therapy.

Rezum Water Vapor Therapy uses natural water vapor to reduce the size of the prostate and provide lasting symptom relief from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) without invasive surgery or the potential side effects of prescription medication.

BPH is a condition in which a man's prostate enlarges and squeezes the urethra causing symptoms such as frequent or urgent urination, a weak or interrupted urine stream and the need to get up several times to urinate.

It affects about 50% of men by age 60 and 90% of men by age 85.

Steward Medical Group Urologist, Dr. Mohammed Al-Areef says for years, the primary option for treating BPH was behavior modifications, prescription drugs or invasive surgery.

However, these solutions might not be for everyone. That's where water vapor therapy comes in.

"With Rezum Therapy, we're able to provide relief of BPH for men who want to avoid invasive surgery or implants," Dr. Al-Areef said.

During treatment, natural water vapor is released throughout the targeted prostate tissue. When the stream contacts the tissue and turns back into water, it releases energy killing the prostate cells that squeeze the urethra.

Over time, the body's natural healing response absorbs the dead cells and shrinks the prostate. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, reducing BPH symptoms.

Rezum Therapy is currently being used in many leading urology practices throughout the country and around the world. Over 55,000 patients have successfully been treated with Rezum Therapy.