What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is an enlarged prostate. The prostate is a key cog in the male reproductive system. It is located just below the bladder,in front of the rectum, and wraps around the urethra. It’s main function is to make fluid for semen.
As a man ages, his prostate will go through two phases of growth. The first stage occurs at the beginning of puberty, when the prostate doubles in size. The second stage of growth occurs around age 25 and continues onward for nearly the rest of his life. BPH generally happens during the second growth phase. As the prostate gets bigger, it can squeeze down on the urethra, thickening the bladder wall. Eventually, the bladder may weaken and lose the ability to completely empty itself of urine. This results in BPH.
BPH is exceedingly common in older men, especially between the ages of 51 and 60. Most men over the age of 80 have BPH.
The severity of symptoms for those who have BPH can vary. Generally, the common signs of BPH include:
- Frequent need to urinate
- Urgent need to urinate
- Difficulty urinating
- Dribbling near the end of urination
- Feeling like you still have to “go” after urinating
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Blood in urine
What is the UroLift® System and How Does it Treat BPH?
The UroLift® System treatment is a revolutionary, minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate, or BPH, that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
Clinical data has shown that the UroLift System treatment is safe and effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function1,2,3,4. The goal of the UroLift System treatment is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities.
For more information about the UroLift System, ask your doctor and visit the UroLift® frequently asked questions page.
Take the Quiz to Determine your Score
The American Urological Association (AUA) has developed the following questionnaire to help men determine how bothersome their urinary symptoms are and to check how effective their treatment is. This questionnaire has also been adopted worldwide and is known as the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS). Click here to take the quiz.
How Does The UroLift® System Work?
The UroLift System treatment is a straightforward procedure that is performed by a urologist. The urologist places tiny implants to hold the prostate lobes apart, like open curtains on a window, to relieve compression on the urethra. This allows urine to flow normally again. The UroLift System treatment can be done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter.1,2,3
How the UroLift System Works
|Enlarged Prostate: An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow|
|Step 1: The UroLift Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.|
|Step 2: Small UroLift Implants are permanently placed to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissues out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra. The permanent implants are delivered through a small needle that comes out of the UroLift delivery device and into the prostate.|
|Step 3: The UroLift delivery device s removed, leaving an open urethra designed to provide symptom relief.|
1 McVary J Sex Medicine 2014
2 Roehrborn J Urology 2013; 2003 AUA Guidelines
3 Sonksen J Urology 2016
4 Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016
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Why Choose The UroLift® System?
The UroLift System is an alternative for patients looking for something other than drug therapy or more invasive surgery. Treatment might be right for you if any of the following apply to you:
- You do not want to take another pill every day
- You have tried BPH medication but are unhappy with the side effects
- You do not want to undergo major surgery due to potential surgical risks of side effects and complications
- You want a BPH solution that preserves your sexual function
- You want to regain your quality of life with minimal downtime
Benefits of the UroLift System include1,2,3:
- Straightforward procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Minimal downtime
- Typically no catheter or overnight stay required after treatment
- Preservation of sexual function
- Durable results
- Rapid symptom relief, as early as 2 weeks post procedure
As with any medical procedure, individual results may vary. Speak with your urologist to see if the UroLift System procedure is right for you. Most common side effects are mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate and/or the inability to control the urge. Most symptoms resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2015, 3-Year L.I.F.T. Study
2. Roehrborn, Urology Practice 2015, 2-Year L.I.F.T. Study
3. Roehrborn, J Urol 2013, L.I.F.T. Study
Who to see?
The following physicians perform the UroLift®
** Denotes UroLift® Center of Excellence