What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide.
- 40% of men in their 50s have BPH
- 70% of men in their 60s have BPH
While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night.
- Weak or slow urinary stream.
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder.
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination.
- 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 such as Dr. Thomas Serey with AnMed Health Urology.
“AnMed Health Urology is committed to providing patients with effective options to address their urology needs,” Dr. Serey said. “The UroLift System has a strong safety profile and provides men suffering from an enlarged prostate a beneficial, first-line treatment alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery. Importantly, the UroLift System provides rapid relief from BPH symptoms, improving overall quality of life for our patients.
What is the UroLift® System?
Treatment with the UroLift System uses a minimally invasive approach that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH symptoms. It is an earlier treatment option that can get men 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 that is greater than reported for medications.
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 BPH.
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How Does The UroLift System 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 a physician’s office or ambulatory surgery center. Patients typically return home the same day without a catheter. Click here for BHP Treatment Benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for the UroLift System treatment?
You may be a good candidate if you are:
-45 years old or older.
-Have symptoms relating to BPH.
If you have a known allergy to nickel, titanium or stainless steel, talk to Dr. Serey about your allergy before getting a UroLift System treatment.
What should I expect during the treatment? Is it painful? How long does it take?
In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Dr. Serey 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 about 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 post-treatment.
What happens post-treatment, during the recovery period? Are meds required?
After the 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. The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser and medication.
Does my insurance cover the treatment?
The UroLift System treatment is covered by Medicare and all major private insurers. Contact your insurance provider for your specific coverage information.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact AnMed Health Urology