If You Can’t Go, Go With Urolift
May 18, 2016
Have plumbing issues? Have no fear, we are here for all your plumbing needs. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common urological condition caused by the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland in aging men. As the prostate enlarges, it can squeeze down on the urethra. This can cause men to have trouble urinating leading to the symptoms of BPH.
Common options for the treatment of BPH include herbal medications, FDA approved medications such as Flomax, and the TURP surgery. Urolift is a landmark development in the treatment of BPH in that it represents an “in-between” option for those who are still not doing optimally well with medical treatment, but also do not want to proceed with a surgical TURP. For most people they may be able to stop taking a daily medication such as Flomax once undergoing a Urolift procedure, and be able to delay or prevent ever needing a TURP surgery.
Urolift is an FDA approved device that is implanted within the prostate to help relieve the symptoms of BPH. Typical symptoms include weak stream, straining to urinate, frequency, and urgency. The device itself is about 3-4 cm in size, and contains two vertical ends (made of nickel/titanium, and stainless steel) connected by a suture. The standard number of devices placed during a procedure is four, however this may depend on the prostate size.
How does Urolift work?
Urolift works by pulling apart the lobes of the prostate to allow the bladder to empty more efficiently through the prostatic urethra. Urolift is implanted into the prostate through the urethra by a device that is connected to a camera. The actual process of implantation takes about 10 minutes.
The benefits of Urolift include no cutting, heating, or tissues removal. It does not cause ejaculatory dysfunction or erectile dysfunction. It will not cause permanent urinary incontinence. The doctor can perform in the operating room or the office in a few minutes. Typically there is no catheter or overnight stay in the hospital after the procedure.
The most common side effects of Urolift are blood in the urine, burning with urination, urgency, pelvic pain, and leakage of urine. These symptoms will all resolve in a few days to a week. You will be back to work in no time!