Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, is a common condition that affects men as they age. About 50% of men over age 51 have BPH, and by age 70, 80% of men have it.
BPH isn’t prostate cancer, but it can cause bothersome urinary symptoms that have a significant impact on your quality of life. Traditional treatment options for BPH typically require medication or major surgical procedures — and many men wonder if the benefits really outweigh the risks.
Now, you have another option. Our team at Advanced Urology offers the UroLift® system, a minimally invasive solution to effectively relieve your BPH symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about this popular, revolutionary treatment for BPH.
All about BPH
BPH develops when your prostate gland gets larger. Since it’s located under your bladder, it starts putting pressure on your urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of your body.
When this happens, you may experience a number of symptoms like:
- Frequent urination
- Weak urine flow
- Difficulty starting or stopping urination
- A feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder
These symptoms can impact your daily activities and overall well-being, and you shouldn’t have to accept them as part of getting older.
Two of the most common treatments for BPH are medication and surgery. Medication is often the first line of treatment, and different medications can improve urine flow or help shrink your prostate over time. While medication can provide relief, it may also come with side effects like dizziness, low blood pressure, and sexual dysfunction.
If medication is ineffective or your symptoms are severe, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) involves removing a portion of your prostate gland to alleviate urinary obstruction. While it’s effective, TURP is an invasive procedure that requires general anesthesia and hospitalization. It carries a risk of complications as well, including bleeding, infection, and sexual dysfunction.
How the UroLift system works
UroLift offers a breakthrough treatment option for BPH. It’s less invasive than traditional surgical procedures, and it doesn’t require ongoing medication.
Urolift is a minimally invasive procedure that provides relief from BPH symptoms by lifting and holding your enlarged prostate tissue away from your urethra. This method removes blockages and opens the pathway for urine to flow freely.
What the UroLift procedure is like
Our team starts by performing a thorough evaluation to determine if UroLift is right for you. We review your medical history, do a physical exam, and ask about your symptoms.
If you choose UroLift, we schedule your procedure and give you preparation instructions. UroLift is an outpatient procedure that’s typically performed under local anesthesia, so you can go home shortly afterward.
On the day of your procedure, we administer local anesthesia to make sure you remain comfortable. We use a specialized delivery device to place small implants around your prostate that hold the enlarged tissue away from your urethra.
The entire procedure is done through your urethra without any surgical incisions. Because UroLift is minimally invasive, recovery time is minimal compared with traditional surgery.
The benefits of choosing UroLift
If you’re living with bothersome symptoms of BPH, UroLift could offer the relief you’re looking for — without the need for medication or major surgery.
It’s minimally invasive, so your risk of tissue damage, bleeding, and other complications is much lower. That means recovery time is also shorter, and most men can return to their usual activities within a few days of treatment.
UroLift provides significant relief from the urinary symptoms associated with BPH, including improved urine flow rates and complete bladder emptying. And, unlike traditional surgery, UroLift doesn’t typically cause sexual side effects like erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory problems.
Last but not least, the UroLift implants are designed to be permanent and durable. The procedure provides long-term relief, allowing you to experience improved urinary function for years to come.
If you have BPH, it’s time to find out if you’re a good candidate for UroLift. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more and take a step toward a life free from the limitations of BPH.
Call one of our office locations in Culver City, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, or San Pedro, California, or send us a message online today.