UroLift® System for BPH, or enlarged prostate
1. What is the UroLift® System?
The UroLift® System is a new minimally invasive treatment designed to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
- How does it work?
The UroLift System consists of a delivery device and permanent implants. The implants are delivered during a minimally invasive treatment and act like window curtain tie-backs, holding the lobes of the enlarged prostate open to relieve obstruction. No cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue is involved.
An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow.
The UroLift Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
The device compresses the tissue and delivers tiny implants to lift and hold prostate tissue out of the way, thus opening the urethra. The permanent implants keep the tissue in place, like tiebacks on a window curtain.
The UroLift Device is removed, leaving an open urethra for urine to flow.
- Is it right for me?
The UroLift System is a treatment option for BPH patients who are looking for an alternative to drugs or major surgery. You may be considering or scheduled for a TURP/Laser treatment, or are unhappy with or have stopped taking medications. The UroLift System is appropriate for patients seeking a minimally invasive treatment and are concerned about preserving their sexual function and their quality of life, post-treatment.
- What should I expect during the treatment?
If you and your doctor decide that the UroLift System treatment is right for you, your doctor will provide the specific, detailed information relating to your condition. In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor will use the UroLift Delivery Device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate. The procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay is required post-treatment. Your doctor will discuss with you how quickly you can go home.
- What happens during the recovery period?
There is minimal downtime post-treatment and patients may experience symptom relief as early as 2 weeks. You may experience urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure. Your doctor will discuss with you how quickly you can return to your daily activities.
- How soon will I feel better after treatment?
While results vary with each patient, many men experience improvement in their lower urinary tract symptoms as early as 2 weeks after the treatment.
- Will it affect my sexual function?
There have been no reports of erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory dysfuntion as a result of the UroLift System treatment.
- Is clinical data available for the UroLift System?*
Clinical data supports the safety and effectiveness of the device, including a large pivotal study conducted in the U.S.
- Who performs the treatment?
A urologist, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the urinary system and sex organs, uses the UroLift System to treat urinary symptoms due to BPH. The urologist must be trained prior to using the UroLift System.
- Where is the UroLift System available?
The UroLift System is available for sale in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.
*data on file with NeoTract, Inc.