For men suffering with benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH for short, there’s now a new FDA-approved alternative treatment to dealing with the symptoms of this uncomfortable condition. It is now being used in 13 countries, including the United States and provides an alternative to drugs or major surgery.
Typically, with BPH, the prostate swells to the point where it obstructs flow of urine through the urethra. This causes pressure and often the inability to empty the bladder at one time. This results in the feeling of needing to go more often – especially in the middle of the night.
UroLift is a new, minimally invasive, device created to alleviate the symptoms of BPH rather than treat the cause. It consists of implants that lift the swollen prostate off of the blocked urethra, thereby allowing urine to flow freely out of the bladder.
In inserting the UroLift, there is no cutting, heating of tissues, or removing prostate tissue – the prostate is simply moved out off of the urethra. The UroLift is inserted via the urethra – transurethrally – to the prostate where tiny implants are delivered that retract the prostate back from the urethra. It can be used on prostates as large as 80-100 cc in size. Although the UroLift treatment is designed to be permanent, the implants can be removed, if desired, or necessary, once they’ve been implanted.
Treatment with the UroLift offers several benefits over the traditional treatments for BPH like laser and TURP. These include:
1. Less anesthesia, this reduces the risk of anesthesia complications.
2. Less bleeding, requiring 0% transfusions with UroLift.
3. Post procedure catheterization is much shorter, 0.9 days, compared to 1-5 for traditional procedures.
4. Preserves sexual function. No erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction has been recorded with the UroLift procedure to date.
5. Safety of the procedure has been demonstrated in numerous studies.
The side effects of the UroLift procedure are about the same as traditional BPH treatments, but much milder. These included: Hematuria, dysuria, urgency, pelvic pain, urge incontinence.
If you’re interested in possibly having the UroLift procedure, ask your urologist about it or contact the UroLift website.