Symptoms of an enlarged prostate frequently occur in men 50 years and older:
Untreated prostate problems may lead to other medical conditions, including frequent urinary tract infections or damage to your bladder or kidneys.
First, your doctor reviews your medical history and symptoms. Next, he performs several tests to identify an enlarged prostate, including:
For a more in-depth look at your bladder and urethra, you may require a cystoscopy procedure. Expect your doctor to insert a small tube with a lens attached into your urethra to identify an enlarged prostate and rule out other medical conditions.
The prostate is a male gland essential to producing semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube that transports urine out of the body. As you age, the prostate tissue grows larger. If it becomes too big, complications like urination problems may occur.
The UroLift® System treatment is a revolutionary, minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate, or BPH, that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. 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.
Most common side effects are light blood in the urine, some pain or discomfort when urinating, some increased urge to go and discomfort in the pelvis that typically resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.
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. This allows urine to flow normally again. The UroLift System treatment is done as an out-patient. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter.
The procedure uses tiny implants that keep the enlarged tissue out of the way of the urethra. Your doctor administers a local or general anesthetic before the procedure to prevent discomfort.
A UroLift device deploys those implants into the prostate tissue. The implants are permanent and provide long-term relief of enlarged prostate complications.
Your doctor performs this same-day procedure in a comfortable office environment. Following the treatment, he may prescribe medication to relieve discomfort.