UroLift® System for BPH, or enlarged prostate
The UroLift System is a relatively new, minimally invasive procedure designed to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate. The UroLift System consists of a delivery device and permanent implants. The implants are delivered during an in-office procedure, 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.
This treatment option is available to BPH patients who are looking for an alternative to medications or other forms of BPH surgery. Not every patient is a candidate for this treatment. It is based on the anatomy of each patient’s prostate.
How the UroLift works
1. An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow.
2. The UroLift Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
3. 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.
4. The UroLift Device is removed, leaving an open urethra for urine to flow.
What should I expect during the treatment?
In general, this procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that involves minimal downtime. The urologist will use the UroLift Delivery Device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate. The procedure is typically performed in the office, but it may be performed in a surgical center based on the patient’s overall health. Additionally, the patient may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. If performed in a surgical center, the urologist will advise the patient as to when they can return home once the procedure is complete. In either case, the doctor will determine how quickly the patient can return to their daily activities
What happens during the recovery period?
Patients may experience symptom relief as early as 2 weeks after the procedure. There may be some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Common adverse events may include:
- Hematuria – blood in the urine.
- Dysuria – painful urination.
- Urgency – an urgent need to urinate.
- Pelvic pain.
- Urge incontinence.
Generally, these post-op symptoms should resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure. You may need a foley catheter after the procedure until swelling subsides.
How soon will I feel better after treatment?
While results vary with each patient, many men experience improvement as early as 2 weeks after the treatment.
Will it affect my sexual function?
There have been no reports of erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory dysfunction as a result of the UroLift System treatment.
Is clinical data available for the UroLift System?*
Clinical data supports the safety and effectiveness of this device, including a large pivotal study conducted in the U.S.
Who performs the treatment?
A urologist is a doctor who specializes in the urinary system and sex organs, so will be performing this procedure. However, the urologist must be specially trained prior to using the UroLift System.
If you are interested in being evaluated for an enlarged prostate, or you would like to learn more about this procedure, contact Urology Austin to schedule an appointment with a UroLift trained urologist.
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