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What is UroLift Procedure?

UroLift is a daycare, minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that can cause urinary symptoms such as difficulty urinating, weak urine flow, and frequent urination.

During the UroLift procedure, small implants are inserted into the prostate to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way, thereby opening up the urethra and improving urine flow. This is done using a small telescope-like device that is inserted into the urethra, and the implants are delivered through the device using small needles.

The UroLift procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia and does not require any incisions or removal of prostate tissue. Patients usually experience rapid symptom relief and can resume normal activities soon after the procedure.

Why and when it is recommended?

The UroLift procedure is generally recommended for men with mild to moderate BPH who have not responded well to medication and want to avoid more invasive surgical options. It may not be appropriate for men with severe BPH, a very large prostate gland, or other medical conditions that could affect the safety or effectiveness of the procedure. A urologist can evaluate a patient's individual situation and recommend whether the UroLift procedure is appropriate for them.

Risks associated with UroLift Procedure?

The fact that UroLift has significantly fewer risks and adverse effects than other BPH procedures is one of its most persuasive advantages. In actuality, UroLift is the sole BPH treatment of its sort that has no risk of erectile or ejaculatory issues. If adverse effects do arise, they typically subside within 2 to 4 weeks and are minimal. Following UroLift, potential side effects could include:

  • Burning with urination
  • Painful urination
  • Hematuria (blood in the urine)
  • Urgency incontinence
  • Lower abdominal/pelvic pain.

What happens after the treatment, during the recovery period?

After undergoing the UroLift System operation, the majority of patients do not need a catheter. Patients might expect little recovery time after these treatments, and they may start feeling better within two weeks.

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Is BPH a type of cancer?

No, BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) is not a type of cancer. It is a benign condition, unrelated to prostate cancer, which can greatly affect a man's quality of life.

How long will my results last?

The UroLift System procedure is intended to be a long-lasting solution for BPH/LUTS that utilises a permanently placed implant. Clinical studies have proven durability out to five years. Individual results may vary.

Can UroLift affect sexual function?

UroLift is designed to preserve sexual function. Unlike some other treatments for BPH, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), UroLift has a lower risk of causing sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction or retrograde ejaculation. However, individual experiences may vary, and it's important to discuss any concerns about sexual function with your healthcare provider.

How long does the effect of UroLift last?

UroLift has demonstrated long-term effectiveness in improving urinary symptoms and maintaining quality of life for many patients with BPH. Clinical studies have shown sustained improvement in symptoms for up to 5 years. However, the longevity of the effect may vary among individuals, and some patients may require additional treatments or interventions in the future if their symptoms worsen over time.

What happens when BPH is left untreated? Are there any long-term risks?

Yes, if left untreated, for some men there may be long-term risks. BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage. When the bladder does not empty completely, the risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs) may increase. Other serious problems can also develop over time, including bladder stones, blood in the urine, incontinence, or urinary retention.

Is UroLift painful?

UroLift is generally well-tolerated by patients. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the surgical area, reducing discomfort during the procedure. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or temporary urinary symptoms after the procedure, but these symptoms typically resolve within a few days.

Will I still need to take medication after UroLift?

The need for medication after UroLift varies from person to person. Some patients may experience sufficient symptom relief with UroLift and may be able to reduce or discontinue their medication for BPH. However, the decision to adjust or stop medication should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider based on your individual situation.


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