What is the Urolift System?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in older American men in which the prostate grows larger with age. It is so common that it affects nearly three in four men over age 60 and half of all men in their 50s. BPH can cause significant issues that can impact the way a man lives his everyday life. People sometimes assume that this condition is related to or increases a man’s chances of developing prostate cancer. Fortunately, that is not true.
Common Symptoms Associated with BPH
The increasing size of the prostate puts uncomfortable pressure on the urethra, sometimes blocking it entirely. This can cause the following symptoms:
- Urinary stream comes out weaker and slower than usual
- Increased need to urinate at all hours that affects sleep quality
- Urinary urgency that does not always produce actual urine
- Feeling like the bladder is never completely empty despite urinating several times a day
- Difficulty starting the process of urination despite a strong urge for relief
Challenges in managing symptoms of BPH is the leading reason that men schedule an appointment with a urologist. The good news is that immediate help is available through a treatment called the UroLift System.
How the UroLift System Works
The UroLift system is an alternative to taking medication for BPH and can even help men avoid invasive surgery. Patients who have undergone this treatment report a higher quality of life than those who use medication alone. Additionally, the procedure can help men avoid common isurgical side effects like n =nvasive erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorders, and urinary tract infections.
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.
Determining Symptom Severity
Men who feel concerned that they could have BPH can complete this quiz to determine its level of severity. The higher the score, the greater the likelihood of finding relief with the non-invasive UroLift System.