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.
Another 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.