March 13, 2020

Mercy Medical Center first in Ohio to offer new robot-controlled waterjet treatment for patients suffering from enlarged prostate symptoms

Mercy Medical Center announced there is new hope for men in Stark, Tuscarawas and surrounding counties who suffer from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) as a result of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. The new treatment, called Aquablation® therapy, is performed by the AQUABEAM® System which uses a robot-controlled waterjet to remove the enlarged prostate tissue. It is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive treatment for BPH that combines real-time, multi-dimensional imaging with surgical robotics and a heat-free waterjet for targeted, precise and safe removal of prostate tissue, with a reduced risk of sexual side effects.

Mercy Medical Center is currently the only hospital in Ohio to offer this new treatment, and Steven E. Ochs, M.D., a urologist at Urology One and chair of Mercy Medical Center’s Department of Surgery, is currently the only physician performing Aquablation in Ohio. Board certified by the American Board of Urology, Ochs specializes in the management and treatment of BPH in the Canton area and beyond. He performed Ohio’s first UroLift® System implant in 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, and his practice was Ohio’s first to earn designation as a UroLift Center of Excellence in 2018.

Until recently, with current BPH treatment options, men have had to choose between significant symptom relief with a high risk of sexual side effects or a lower risk of sexual complications with less symptomatic benefit. For this reason, many men have avoided treatment altogether. Aquablation therapy eliminates the need for men to make the choice between symptom relief and risk. Aquablation therapy with the AQUABEAM System is designed to break the tradeoff in BPH treatment between efficacy and negative side effects, offering significant symptom improvement with a low risk of sexual complications.

“We see so many men suffering from this condition,” Ochs said. “The symptoms of an enlarged prostate can be frustrating and impact daily life. I intend to use Aquablation in men whose prostates are too large for office-based procedures, such as the Urolift. We believe this therapy may fundamentally transform the way we treat men with BPH.”

BPH is a highly prevalent condition affecting approximately 50 percent of men age 60 or older and 90 percent of men age 85 or older.[1] In the United States, there are over 12 million men being actively managed for their condition, of which two million have failed medical management and are looking for alternative treatment options.

Those suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of an enlarged prostate can find out more about Aquablation therapy by visiting Dr. Och’s office is located at 1330 Mercy Drive, NW, Suite 510, Canton. For more information or an appointment, call 330-456-6760.

About the AQUABEAM System
The AQUABEAM System delivers Aquablation therapy and is the world’s first commercially available surgical robot providing autonomous tissue removal for the treatment of BPH. The AQUABEAM System’s commercial access to the U.S. market was supported by the results of the global WATER (Waterjet Ablation Therapy for Endoscopic Resection of prostate tissue) study, a 181-patient, double-blind, randomized clinical trial comparing Aquablation therapy with the AQUABEAM System with Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) for the treatment of LUTS caused by BPH. When compared to TURP, the surgical gold standard, Aquablation therapy demonstrated TURP-like efficacy outcomes with a superior safety profile including a reduction in sexual side effects by a ratio of four to one. The AQUABEAM System is commercially available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and select European markets.

About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs nearly 2,800 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Alliance, Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see

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