Exploring the UroLift® System:
The UroLift® System treatment is a revolutionary, minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. You can rest assured knowing that there is no cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue.
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 function1,4. The goal of the UroLift System treatment is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities.
The UroLift System Treatment
The UroLift System Treatment
Advantages of the UroLift® System:
The UroLift® System treatment is a straightforward procedure that is performed by a urologist. The urologist places tiny implants to hold the prostate lobes apart, like open curtains on a window, to relieve compression on the urethra, which allows urine to flow normally again.
The UroLift® System treatment can be done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter2. Some advantages of the UroLift® System include:
- Rapid symptom relief, better than reported from medications2
- Risk profile better than reported for surgical procedures such as TURP3
- Preservation of sexual function1
- Return to normal activity in days, not months
- Increased quality of life
- No ongoing BPH medications
- 19 clinical study publications; four years published clinical data4
How the UroLift® System Works:
The UroLift® System is designed to treat patients who struggle with an enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow. Here’s a breakdown of the three-step process:
- Step 1: The UroLift Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
- Step 2: Small UroLift Implants are permanently placed to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissues out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra. The permanent implants are delivered through a small needle that comes out of the UroLift delivery device and into the prostate.
- Step 3: The UroLift delivery device is removed, leaving an open urethra designed to provide symptom relief.
Potential UroLift® System Side Effects:
The UroLift® System does have some potential side effects, including:
- Light blood in the urine
- Pain or discomfort when urinating
- Increased urge to go
- Discomfort in the pelvis that typically resolves within two to four weeks after the procedure
1 McVary J Sex Medicine 2014
2 Roehrborn J Urology 2013; 2003 AUA Guidelines
3 Sonksen J Urology 2016
4 Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016
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If you have any questions regarding the UroLift® System or if it may be right for you, our team of professionals are here to answer any questions to help you make an informed decision. We at Western Michigan Urological Associates want to work with you to find the best option for you and your family. Ask Your Primary Care Provider for a Referral.