A revolutionary treatment for BPH: UroLift® System
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is common, affecting more than 40 million Americans. While BPH is benign and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect your quality of life.
As the prostate enlarges, it puts pressure on the urethra, causing urinary symptoms such as:
- A frequent need to urinate during the day and at night
- A weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- An urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.
What is the UroLift System?
The UroLift System uses a minimally invasive approach to provide rapid relief from BPH symptoms, helping reduce the need for BPH medications and avoid major urologic surgery. The goal of the UroLift System is to relieve symptoms so you can resume your daily activities as soon as possible. It 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 BPH.
How does UroLift work?
The UroLift® System uses a revolutionary approach to treating 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 your doctor's office, generally allowing you to return home the same day without a catheter.
Is UroLift right for you?
You may be a good candidate for the UroLift System if you are a male, 45 years of age or older, and have symptoms relating to BPH. Call Gundersen Urology at (608) 775-2212 to schedule a consultation today. 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.
Frequently asked questions about UroLift
What should I expect during UroLift System treatment? In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that requires little downtime. Your doctor will implant the UroLift Device in your prostate to relieve pressure on your urethra caused by your enlarged prostate. 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. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay are required after treatment.
What happens while recovering from UroLift System treatment? After a UroLift System treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime and many patients experience symptom relief as early as two weeks after treatment. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Most side effects are mild to moderate and resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Does the UroLift System affect my sexual function? Clinical studies have shown the UroLift System treatment does not cause new, sustained instances of erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction. The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser and even medication.
Does my insurance cover the UroLift System? Medicare and many private insurers cover the UroLift System treatment. Contact your insurance provider for your specific coverage information. Our prior authorization specialist can help as well.