New Minimally Invasive Treatment Option for Men with Enlarged Prostate
Urologists at UCA are now offering UroLift, a new treatment option for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
The UroLift System is a revolutionary, minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate, or BPH, that lifts and holds prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
“The UroLift treatment is a new approach to relieve urinary symptoms such as frequency and difficulty of urination caused by an enlarged prostate,” explains Dr. Phillip Brackin, a Urologist with UCA Hamilton. “This simple, outpatient procedure allows men to recover very quickly while offering rapid, meaningful relief from their symptoms. For men with BPH who want to avoid medications or surgery, this procedure is an excellent alternative.”
The UroLift Treatment
This minimally invasive treatment system opens the blocked urethra by lifting or holding prostate tissue out of the way. Unlike other treatments to combat enlarged prostates, Urolift does not involve cutting, heating or removing any prostate tissue, which can cause long term side effects such as erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and retrograde ejaculation (dry orgasm). The aim of UroLift is to offer patients relief from symptoms caused by BPH and help them return to normal activity in days rather than weeks or months.
The UroLift Procedure
The Urolift system is inserted into the urethra through the tip of the penis, using endoscopic guidance. A fine needle is then passed up the urethra through the prostate and small implants, connected together by suture material, then attach to each side of the prostate tissue and pull back to stop the prostate gland pushing on the urethra, allowing urine to pass through freely. This treatment is possible because the prostate gland tissue is comprised of a series of ducts, which make it compressible.
Typically, the procedure involves placement of at least four implants, but depending on the size of the prostate and the location of the growth, more or less implants may be required.
The procedure is very quick, usually taking less than thirty minutes and can be done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Patients are normally able to return to normal activity as soon as they feel confident to do so. Patients have experienced symptom relief as early as two weeks post operation. The implants are made from surgical stainless steel, which resists corrosion and allows them to be permanent.
Clinical data has shown that the UroLift System treatment is safe and effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function.
“Men often blame their urinary symptoms on aging and never discuss them with their doctor, while others consider treatment but reject it out of concern over side effects such as sexual dysfunction or incontinence,” says Dr. Ravi Rajan, a Urologist with UCA Bucks County. “This 15-minute procedure offers a safe and effective solution, without the side effects of traditional therapies.”
How Does UroLift Work?
The UroLift System treatment is a straightforward procedure that can be performed by a UCA urologist. The urologist places tiny implants to hold the prostate lobes apart, like open curtains on a window, to relieve compression on the urethra. This allows urine to flow normally again.
Why Choose UroLift?
The UroLift System is an alternative for patients looking for something other than drug therapy or more invasive surgery. Treatment might be right for you if any of the following apply to you:
- You do not want to take another pill everyday
- You have tried BPH medication but are unhappy with the side effects
- You do not want to undergo major surgery due to potential surgical risks of side effects and complications
- You want a BPH solution that preserves your sexual function
- You want to regain your quality of life with minimal downtime
Benefits of the UroLift System include:
- Straightforward procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Minimal downtime
- Typically no catheter or overnight stay required after treatment
- Preservation of sexual function
- Durable results
- Rapid symptom relief, as early as 2 weeks post procedure
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.
- What is the UroLift System?
The UroLift System is a new minimally invasive treatment designed to treat lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
- How does the UroLift System work?
The UroLift System consists of a delivery device and tiny permanent implants. FDA cleared in 2013, this unique technology works by directly opening the urethra with tiny implants that hold the enlarged tissue out of the way, like tiebacks on a window curtain. No cutting, heating, or ablating tissue is involved, making the UroLift System the first and only BPH treatment that does not remove prostate tissue and does not negatively impact a man’s sexual function.
- How do I know if the UroLift System treatment is right for me?
The UroLift System is a new 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.
- Who performs the UroLift System treatment?
A urologist, 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. To find a UCA Urologist near you – please visit our website at http://www.urologycarealliance.com/locations/
- What should I expect during the UroLift System 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.
- What happens post-treatment, during the recovery period?
After the treatment, almost all patients go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime post-treatment and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as 2 weeks. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period.
- Will having the UroLift System treatment affect my sexual function?
Sexual function has been preserved among the hundreds of patients treated in our clinical studies. This is a unique benefit of the UroLift System treatment compared with other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.
- Is the treatment permanent?
The UroLift Implant is a permanent implant, and the treatment is intended to be permanent. Durability has been shown to at least 3 years in U.S. clinical data, and results will continue to be published as follow-ups continue. One unique aspect of the UroLift System is that it does not preclude retreatment or other BPH treatments, should that be needed and desired in the future.