In this guide from 1Prostate, we explain how Urolift can address BPH and what to expect from treatment.
What Is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
As men age, their risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) increases. BPH, an enlargement of the prostate gland, is not cancerous, and does not raise a man’s risk of prostate cancer. The prostate gland is typically walnut-sized and is situated below the bladder, encircling the urethra. Approximately half of all men aged 60 and older, and up to 90% of men between the ages of 70 and 89, experience symptoms of BPH.
What Are Symptoms Of BPH?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) results in an enlarged prostate gland that can press against the urethra and thicken the bladder wall. This can cause a number of urinary symptoms, such as a sudden urge to urinate, needing to go frequently, difficulty urinating, a weak urine stream, and incomplete emptying of the bladder. In addition, there may be nocturia, or a need to urinate more often at night, and dribbling at the end of urinating.
If you are having symptoms of BPH, or if these symptoms are affecting your daily life and sleep, it is important to contact your primary care physician or urologist straight away. Without treatment, BPH can lead to health issues such as kidney stones, infection, neurogenic bladder, and complete bladder outlet obstruction. Once you and your healthcare provider have determined that you have BPH, it is wise to discuss the various treatment options available, including Urolift.
What Is Urolift?
The Prostatic Urethral Lift procedure involves the cystoscopically guided transurethral deployment of small permanent UroLift implants transversely across the lobes of the prostate. Tiny implants are used to hold open the obstructed pathway that blocks urine flow. Unlike medications, the UroLift System treatment addresses the blockage directly, offering a mechanical solution to a mechanical problem.
Most men living with BPH symptoms take prescription medications after they’re diagnosed, although these often don’t provide adequate relief and may cause dizziness, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction. The UroLift System is a treatment option for men looking for relief from BPH symptoms. It does not require ongoing medication, heating, cutting or removal of prostate tissue, and the UroLift System treatment typically takes less than one hour.
You may experience some mild side effects after a UroLift procedure, such as burning or pain while urinating, blood in your urine, urgency incontinence, or lower abdominal/pelvic pain. These effects, if they do occur, typically last for 2-4 weeks.
Am I A Good Candidate For Urolift?
Urolift is a minimally invasive procedure for the management of BPH, but it does not stop the growth of the prostate. This treatment may not be right for all men. Certain factors such as a large prostate (over 100 grams) or presence of a large median lobe of the prostate may limit the effectiveness of the procedure.
Fortunately, at 1Prostate in New York, we offer a wide range of treatments to address BPH, including medication, and other treatments such as PAE, TUMT, Rezum, and TURP. To find out which treatment method would best suit your needs, make an appointment with us today.
1Prostate In New York Offers The Best In Prostate Care
If you’ve been diagnosed with BPH, it’s time to stop coping with symptoms and start living. If you are ready to take charge of your life again, reach out to 1Prostate in New York City. 1Prostate is proud to offer a number of treatments to address Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia with two locations to serve Manhattan, Queens, and the surrounding areas. At 1Prostate, we can provide the latest, state-of-the-art non-surgical treatment to address enlarged prostate and its symptoms. Call 212-991-9991 to ask about how we can help you today.