Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in men in which the prostate enlarges over time in a benign, noncancerous, way. The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra tube underneath the bladder. The function of the prostate is to aid in fertility. As the prostate grows, it can squeeze the urethra, and thus limit the flow of urine out of the bladder. This in turn can cause the bladder wall to become thickened over time. This can lead to urinary symptoms in the majority of men over the age of 50. Symptoms of enlarged prostate can include a slower or weaker urinary stream, getting up during the night to urinate, needing to wait, or straining to urinate, urgency to urinate, or urinating more frequently.

BPH can be treated successfully with a variety of methods. There are medicines that can relax the prostate, or shrink the overall size of the prostate. Procedures that enlarge the urethra through the prostate consist of scraping (TURP), vaporizing with a laser, or using ties. These procedures are all done through a scope, and most are done on an outpatient basis.

UroLift LogoAnother treatment that is done in the office setting is the UroLift® System. 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.

The UroLift® System

Benign prostatic hyperplasia affects over 500 million men worldwide. While men can select from a variety of treatment options—from medication to major surgery—there has been a gap in the treatment continuum for a less invasive option.

Prostatic Urethral Lift using the UroLift® System was designed to meet this need. With its unique design and mechanism of action, the UroLift System is a straightforward treatment that provides immediate, visible results. The procedure can be done in an outpatient or inpatient setting and under general or local anesthesia. Patients typically can return home the same day without a catheter, and experience rapid symptom relief and recovery with low complication rates. The UroLift System treatment revitalizes the quality of life for patients and improves the BPH therapy experience for physicians.

You may be a good candidate if you are a male, 45 years of age or older, and have symptoms relating to BPH. Speak with your urologist to see if the UroLift® System treatment is right for you. If you have a known allergy to nickel, titanium or stainless steel, talk to your doctor about your allergy before getting a UroLift System treatment.