UroLift is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a medical condition that can lead to urinary complications, such as urinary incontinence.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Overview, Symptoms, and Treatment
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
BPH is a benign medical condition where the prostate enlarges as men age. It is not related to prostate cancer, but its symptoms can negatively impact one’s quality of life.
BPH is a common condition. In fact, over 500 million men around the world and over 40 million men in the United States have varying degrees of BPH.
BPH starts becoming more common among men in their 50s. By their 60s, over 70% of the male population will experience symptoms of BPH.
What Are the Symptoms of BPH?
BPH becomes troublesome when the enlarged prostate starts to compress and block the urethra.
What is the urethra? In men, the urethra is a tube that connects the bladder to the penis. Urine from the bladder flows through the urethra to exit the body through the penis.
This blockage leads to the following symptoms:
- Frequent urination during the day or night
- Consistent urgency to urinate
- Weak stream while urinating
- Slow stream while urinating
- Inconsistent stream while urinating (stream that stops and starts)
- Difficulty in starting urination
- Difficulty in delaying urination
- Inability to empty the bladder completely
Many aging men experience these symptoms. In fact, most men who see a urologist present with symptoms of BPH.
How Do You Treat BPH?
The symptoms of BPH can become bothersome, especially when it begins to affect your day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are ways to treat it.
The treatment options include:
- Monitoring the condition and changes in lifestyle
For some, the symptoms of BPH are mild and doesn’t require invasive forms of treatment.
Instead, they adopt certain lifestyle changes, such as avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and certain over-the-counter medicines. These can help manage mild symptoms.
There are certain prescription medications that can help manage moderate symptoms and reduce the risk of BPH complications. These include alpha blockers, 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, and phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors.
Surgical procedures are recommended for men with severe BPH symptoms or who have the following complications:
- Inability to urinate
- Kidney damage
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Presence of bladder stones
These days, patients have the option to choose surgical procedures that are minimally invasive to treat BPH.
What Is UroLift and How Can It Treat BPH?
An example of a minimally invasive treatment for BPH is UroLift. It’s an effective way to treat BPH when the symptoms do not improve with medication.
Treatment with the UroLift® System is typically a one-time, in-office solution that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH symptoms.1 It can break the cycle of medications and how they make a person feel, all without the risks of more invasive 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 the quality of life for patients compared to medications.2,3The 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 BPH.
UroLift is an FDA-cleared, out-patient procedure. The procedure involves lifting and holding the enlarged prostate so that it doesn’t block the urethra any more.
UroLift results include:
- Very little downtime
- Improvement of quality of life
- Quick relief of BPH symptoms
It’s considered a minimally invasive procedure because it does not require any incisions or removal of tissue. UroLift side effects are usually milder compared to other invasive surgical procedures and are resolved within two to four weeks.
The symptoms of BPH can become more intense as men age and the prostate continues to grow. It’s important to make an appointment and see your doctor right away to determine the appropriate treatment plan.
Are you experiencing any symptoms of BPH? How have you been managing them? Let us know in the comments section.