What is UroLift®?
The UroLift® system is a minimally-invasive procedure used for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is considered to be a revolutionary system as no heating, cutting or tissue removal is required. The procedure is a treatment option for the early stages of BPE, which means that the patient can stop taking any BPE medication and also avoid major surgery in the future.
What are the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement?
The symptoms of BPE include:
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- The increased need to urinate during the night (nocturia)
- Trouble starting to urinate
- A urine stream that stops and starts
- Inability to fully empty the bladder
Who is suitable for the procedure?
Patients who typically respond well to UroLift® are those who's prostate is not very enlarged (between 30-80 cc). Men who opt for the procedure are those who wish to minimise the sexual side effects experienced from taking medication, such as sexual dysfunction. It is suitable for those who prefer to have a minimally-invasive procedure instead of surgery.
What happens during the UroLift® procedure?
During the procedure, the urologist places a very small implant (clips) within the prostate, which holds open the prostate lobes and the prostate tissue so that there is no longer any obstruction that blocks the urethra. This allows the enlarged prostate to decompress and decrease in size. Usually, only local anaesthesia is required and patients can return home on the same day.
What are the benefits of UroLift®?
The benefits of the procedure include:
- An immediate improvement in the ability to pass urine
- No catheter is required
- No new problems associated with sexual dysfunction
- Fertility is not impaired
- The procedure only takes 20 minutes to perform - which is a lot shorter than other operations
- The recovery time is quick - it takes around two weeks for the symptoms to have improved
If UroLift® is a treatment that you are interested in having, you can book an appointment with one of our expert urologists now and discuss whether you are suitable for the procedure.