What is UroLift?
UroLift is a minimally invasive approach for BPH treatment that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH symptoms.1 It is an earlier treatment option that can get patients off BPH medications and avoid major surgery. The goal of the UroLift System treatment is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities.
UroLift treatment has demonstrated a significant improvement in quality of life for BPH patients in comparison to those who remained on medications alone.2,3 UroLift is the only BPH procedure shown not to cause new and lasting erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction*, while being a safe and effective treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH.
Meet Mike as he learns about Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate enlarges with age. BPH is a very common condition that affects nearly 40 million Americans and over 500 million patients worldwide. Join him as he learns about a wide variety of treatments are available for BPH, including UroLift.
How does UroLift work?
UroLift uses a revolutionary approach to treating BPH that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only available BPH treatment that does not require heating, cutting, or removal of the prostate tissue. The procedure is typically performed using local anesthesia in our office or at our ambulatory surgery center. Patients typically return home the same day without a catheter.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for treatment with UroLift?
You may be a good candidate if you are 45 years of age or older and have symptoms relating to BPH. Speak with us to see if the UroLift is right for you. If you have a known allergy to nickel, titanium or stainless steel, let us know before getting a UroLift.
What should I expect during the treatment? Is it painful? How long does it take?
Together, we will decide if the UroLift is right for you, and if so, we will provide you with more detailed information relating to the treatment. In general, UroLift is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. We use a delivery device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate that is pressing on your urethra. The procedure, which usually takes about an hour, can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and you will be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. This typically helps minimize discomfort during the procedure, though everyone’s definition for pain and discomfort varies greatly. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay is required post-treatment.
What happens post-treatment? Are meds required?
After the treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime posttreatment, and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as two weeks. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Most common side effects are mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate and/or the inability to control the urge to urinate. Most symptoms resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Does the treatment affect my sexual function?
Clinical studies have shown UroLift treatment does not cause new, sustained instances of erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction1. The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.1,2,7,8
Does my insurance cover the treatment?
UroLift treatment is covered by Medicare and all major private insurers. Our office will contact your insurance company to check your specific coverage information.
Visit the UroLift website to read More Frequently Asked Questions.
Talking with us about your BPH
BPH is a very common condition and is one of the leading reasons patients visit us. Whether you have just started experiencing symptoms or if you’ve tried various medications or even surgery, there are a range of treatment options available. Before you visit us, you can take this BPH Symptom Quiz, designed by the American Urological Association, to determine the severity of your symptoms. We will discuss your symptoms together to decide which treatment option is best for you.
Schedule an appointment today to discuss your BPH symptoms. Please call 508.655.4422 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
References and Footnotes
1. Roehrborn, J Urol 2013, L.I.F.T. Study
2. AUA Guidelines 2003, 2010, 2018
3. Roehrborn et al. Can J Urol 2017
4. Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2015, 3-Year L.I.F.T. Study
5. Roehrborn, Urology Practice 2015, 2-Year L.I.F.T. Study
6. Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016
7. Naspro, Eur Urol 2009
8. Montorsi, J Urol 2008
*No instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction