Any surgical procedure, including a minor one completed on an outpatient basis like UroLift, comes with the risk of side effects. If you and your urologist have decided that you are a good candidate for this procedure, part of your discussion may have included the possible side effects and your risk of developing them. This allows you to make an informed treatment decision based on all available information.
Side Effects Are Typically Minimal
After the UroLift procedure, which takes approximately one hour to complete, the surgeon may send you home with a catheter. Downtime is minimal and you should be up and about the next day. However, you might not be ready to perform highly physically demanding tasks at work or at home for several days. Relief of the symptoms that caused you to undergo the UroLift procedure in the first place should start within two weeks.
It is common to experience a burning sensation or general discomfort during urination for the first several days after this procedure. Some of the other typical symptoms associated with UroLift include:
- Pain in the pelvic region
- A small amount of blood present in the urine
- Urgent need to urinate and then producing little to no flow
- Mild incontinence due to the inability to control the urge to urinate
These symptoms are typically mild to moderate and disappear on their own approximately two to four weeks after the UroLift procedure.
No Connection with Sexual Performance Issues
Men sometimes avoid scheduling this procedure because they have heard it can cause erectile dysfunction. While this may be true of other treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia, no documented cases of men suddenly developing erectile dysfunction after having the UroLift procedure exist. The same is true of new ejaculation disorders that did not exist prior to having UroLift.
Speak to Your Doctor About Potential Side Effects
Your doctor is the best person to educate you about potential side effects and your risk of experiencing them. Be sure to bring this up during your consultation or at least prior to your surgery date.
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