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Urolift Procedure

Millions of men suffer from urinary incontinence or pain during urination, and in most cases the cause of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) is an issue with the prostate. Prostate cancer can be one cause, but another more common reason for these pelvic issues is an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

The TURP (Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate=”ream job” or “roto- rooter”) has been performed in almost the same manner for the past 90 years! It remains the Gold Standard, but has a 20% overall risk rate, including that of anesthesia, bleeding, possible reoperation for scarring, etc, and inevitably requires a catheter post operatively; additionally there is a published 10% risk of erectile dysfunction, and a very high risk of retrograde ejaculation (“shooting blanks” or “dry ejaculation”). Newer hospital-based laser procedures are promising, but have similar risks to TURP.

But in 2015 we now have UroLift. This FDA-approved procedure has been shown to be very well tolerated in the office, under local anesthesia, and it has been extensively studied and found to very reliably improve BPH symptoms across a wide array of patient types. Nothing is perfect of course, and Urolift is not for everybody, but most men with BPH are in fact Urolift candidates. Importantly, UroLift causes no sexual side effects, and rarely requires a catheter.

Skyline Urology is proud to offer Urolift Procedures in our Men’s Health program to provide a safe, effective treatment for the causes and symptoms of lower urinary tract conditions and pelvic pain due to an enlarged prostate.

Procedure:

Urolift is a one-time, outpatient procedure which usually requires about 30 minutes in our offices to complete. Local anesthetic is used to reduce pain.

During Urolift a specially designed scope is inserted into the urethra and prostate. The scope shoots a suture into the prostate and it anchors on the outer surface of the prostate. The surgeon then puts an endpiece on the inside of the prostate holding it open to allow the passage of urine. Typically 4 anchors are placed. The patient then urinates and is allowed to go home

Urolift accomplishes similar results to the traditional surgical treatment for enlarged prostate, which uses an electronic knife to resection the prostate. There is no effect on erections and ejaculation and patients can resume their normal activity quickly.

When you get home:

Diet

In most instances you will be able to eat a regular meal on the evening of the procedure. However, there will be some irritation with urination for a short time after the procedure, while the prostate and urethra heal, so your physician may discuss a dietary regimen which would reduce these side effects.

Exercise

As with most procedures, you will experience soreness and irritation after your Urolift procedure, and you should follow your physician’s guidance on when to resume strenuous activity. In most cases it will be at least several days before you will be able to return to normal activity, and you should like refrain from sex for at least two weeks.

Side Effects:

The most common side effect is blood in the urine. This usually clears just with fluid intake. Patients can notice more frequent urination while the prostate swelling is going down.

Follow Up:

You should schedule your follow-up within 2 weeks of the procedure.