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Urolift Q & A

What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate frequently occur in men 50 years and older:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Blood in your urine
  • An urgent need to urinate
  • A weak or slow urine stream
  • A persistent feeling that your bladder is full

Untreated prostate problems may lead to other medical conditions, including frequent urinary tract infections or damage to your bladder or kidneys.

How is an enlarged prostate diagnosed?

First, your doctor reviews your medical history and symptoms. Next, he performs several tests to identify an enlarged prostate, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Imaging tests
  • A urine flow study
  • A digital rectal exam

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.

What causes an enlarged prostate?

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.

What is the UroLift System?

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: 

  • Rapid symptom relief, better than reported for medications
  • Risk profile better than reported for surgical procedures such as TURP
  • Preservation of sexual function
  • Return to normal activity in days not months
  • Increased quality of life
  • No ongoing BPH medications
  • 19 clinical study publications; 5 years published clinical data

How the UroLift works

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.

What can I expect during a UroLift procedure?

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.

What can I expect after the UroLift procedure?

After the UroLift procedure, patients typically return home the same day without a catheter. Most patients experience minimal downtime after the treatment, and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as two weeks.

During recovery, it’s not uncommon to see some blood in your urine or experience pain during urination. These issues usually resolve a week or two after the procedure. Your doctor provides instructions for proper recovery, including a timeline for when you can return to your normal routine and resume sexual activity.

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