How it Works
The UroLift® System is a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
The physician places small, permanent implants into the prostate to lift and hold enlarged tissue out of the way. This relieves pressure on the urethra and allows urine to flow. In a way, the implants act like curtain ties, lifting the tissue out of the way.
This minimally invasive procedure involves no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue. Your urologist will perform the procedure at our outpatient surgery center in Norwood.
Typically, no overnight stay and no catheter is required but patients may experience urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Your urologist will talk with you about how quickly you can return to your daily activities.
Patients may experience improvement in their lower urinary tract symptoms as early as two weeks after the procedure.
With UroLift, patients have less downtime and experience very few, if any, side effects, especially in terms of sexual function.
Is the treatment permanent?
The implants are intended to be permanent. The implant is made up of standard surgical implantable materials: a nitinol capsular tab, a stainless-steel urethral tab, and polyethylene suture that holds the two tabs together. Your doctor can remove the urethral implant, if needed. The suture can be cut and the urethral endpiece can be retrieved with a standard grasper. The capsular tab will remain in place inside the body.
When is this treatment appropriate?
Medications may be the first course of treatment for an enlarged prostate. If medications do not provide enough symptom relief, if side effects are bothersome or if prescriptions become too expensive, some men choose an alternative treatment.
The UroLift System has 100% national Medicare coverage and is covered by most major private payors; however, The Urology Group will verify your coverage before you get the procedure.
Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. The most common side effects may include blood in the urine, some pain or discomfort when urinating, some increased urge to go, and discomfort in the pelvis. These symptoms typically resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.