What is the UroLift System?
Treatment with the UroLift® System uses a minimally invasive approach that provides rapid relief and recovery of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms. This early treatment option can help men wean off BPH medications and avoid major surgery. The goal of the UroLift System treatment is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities.
The UroLift® System treatment has demonstrated a significant improvement in quality of life for patients compared to medications.2,3 The UroLift® System is the only BPH procedure shown not to cause new and lasting erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction*, while being a safe and effective treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia.1,3-6
How Does The UroLift® System Work?
The UroLift® System uses a revolutionary approach to treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only available BPH treatment performed by a urologist that does not require heating, cutting, or removal of the prostate tissue. The procedure is typically performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office or ambulatory surgery center. Patients typically return home the same day without a catheter.1
- Roehrborn, J Urol 2013, L.I.F.T. Study
- AUA Guidelines 2003
- Roehrborn et al. Can J Urol 2017
- Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2015, 3-Year L.I.F.T. Study
- Roehrborn, Urology Practice 2015, 2-Year L.I.F.T. Study
- Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016
*No instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for the UroLift® System treatment?
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.
What should I expect during the treatment? Is it painful? How long does it take?
If you and your doctor decide that the UroLift® System treatment is right for you, your doctor will provide you with more detailed information relating to the treatment. In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor will use the UroLift Delivery Device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate that is pressing on your urethra. The procedure, which usually takes less than an hour, may be performed under local or general anesthesia and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. This typically helps minimize discomfort during the procedure, though everyone’s definition for pain and discomfort varies greatly. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay is required following treatment 1.
What happens post treatment, during the recovery period? Are medications required?
After treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime post treatment and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as two weeks.
Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. 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 resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Does the treatment affect my sexual function?
Clinical studies have shown the UroLift® System treatment does not cause new, sustained instances of erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction 1. The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate), laser and some medication.
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