The UroLift is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) which affects nearly 75% of men over the age of 50. It is done through a cystoscope while the patient is sedated or under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. UroLift utilizes small plastic implants that compress and separate enlarged prostate tissues, so they no longer block the passage of urine through the prostate area. It is an alternative to medications, prostate resection, laser prostate ablation, and microwave therapy which are all options of treatment for men with symptomatic prostate enlargement.
Benefits of UroLift
The procedure takes only 15 minutes or so and results are immediate. Is effective in about 80% of appropriately selected patients. There are fewer risks than resection because no tissue is removed or destroyed. Patients can avoid the common side effects of medications like reduced ejaculate. Most patients can return to normal activity within a few days.
Risks of UroLift
Infection and bleeding are general risks of any minimally invasive procedure. There may be a 20-25 % chance that it may be less effective than hoped for to relieve obstructive symptoms. UroLift is relatively new and the long-term durability of relieving symptoms is unknown. The procedure is best for a moderate-sized gland and less well suited to very large glands, small glands, or those with median lobes (prostate extension into the bladder).
An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow.
The UroLift Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
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.
The UroLift Device is removed, leaving an open urethra for urine to flow.
Sourced from NeoTract Inc. MAC00181-01 Rev A.
Call your Doctor’s Office After the Procedure If:
Stream is slow or it feels that you are not emptying your bladder well.
Fever over 101 F.
Urine is bloody more than a few small clots, which is common.
Burning with urination, cloudy or strong odor to the urine suggesting UTI.