Bellingham Urology Group is offering a new and innovative treatment for Benign (non-cancerous) Prostate Enlargement (BPH). BPH is a common condition in older males, typically occurring after 40 years of age. 25% of men will eventually need surgery of some kind to relieve the symptoms set on by BPH. Most avoid treatment due to long recovery times associated with surgery or the adverse affects caused by medication.
What is BPH?
When men get older, their prostate can enlarge. This is called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. BPH is a very common condition where over 40% of men in their 50’s and 70% of men in their 60’s have BPH. BPH is so common, in fact, it is the leading cause of visits by men to the urologist.
While BPH is unrelated to prostate cancer, it can still affect the quality of a man’s life.
Symptoms of BPH include:
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty in starting urination
- Urgency to urinate
- Urinary stream that stops and starts
- The feeling that you cannot completely empty your bladder
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire.
Treating BPH with the UroLift System
The UroLift® System is a minimally invasive procedure that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH symptoms. It is an treatment option that can help get men off of their medications that are treating some of these symptoms or help avoid major surgery altogether.
Men who have had the UroLift® System procedure have not shown any lasting erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction,*1, unlike many other treatment options. The UroLift® System has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH.
How Does The UroLift® System Work?
The UroLift® System uses a revolutionary approach that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue so it no longer blocks the urethra.
The procedure involves a surgeon placing the UroLift Delivery Device directly through the urethra of the BPH patient. This provides the surgeon with access to the enlarged prostate. For the next step, the surgeon places a small permanent implant that lifts and holds the affected prostate tissue and provides a larger urethral opening. The surgeon then removes the UroLift Delivery Device, leaving the urethra open permanently to provide ongoing relief of symptoms. No heating, cutting, or removal of tissue is required. The procedure is typically performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office or ambulatory surgery center. Patients typically return home the same day without a catheter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for the UroLift® System treatment?
Males who are 45 and older, are having symptoms that are consistent with BHP, may be a good candidate for the UroLift® System. Ask your urologist to help determine if the Urolift® System treatment is right for you. If you have allergies related to nickel, titanium, or stainless steel, be sure to tell your doctor before getting a Urolift ® System treatment.
What should I expect during the treatment? Is it painful? How long does it take?
Because the Urolift® System is minimally invasive, you can expect minimal downtime. The procedure takes less than an hour and may be performed under just local anesthesia. You may be given additional medication for your comfort during the treatment. Typically, no overnight stay or catheter is required post-procedure.
What happens post-treatment, during the recovery period? Are meds required?
Recovery can vary from patient to patient, however, most experience symptom relief as early as two weeks after the procedure.
Some mild side effects can include pain or burning during urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, and urgent need to urinate. Most symptoms resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Does the treatment affect my sexual function?
No new, sustained instances of erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction have been found in clinical studies.1
The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.
Does my insurance cover the treatment?
Be sure to contact your insurance provider about your specific plan coverage, however, The UroLift® System treatment is covered by Medicare and many private insurers.
Talking to Your Doctor about BPH
BPH is very common, don’t be afraid to discuss your concerns with your doctor. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, there are many treatment options that are available to you.
Before your doctor’s office visit, you can take this BPH Symptom Quiz, designed by the American Urological Association, to determine the severity of your symptoms.
Schedule an appointment today with Bellingham Urology to discuss your BPH symptoms and your treatment options.