The UroLift® System

UroLift Available at Penn Highlands

What Is the UroLift® System?

Having an enlarged prostate is often expected as men age. It’s not comfortable, and it can be frustrating.

More than 500 million aging men worldwide have an enlarged prostate. Medication is often the first line therapy but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Another alternative is surgery that cuts or ablates prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra, but it can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation.

To resolve the issue, the first permanent implant to treat symptoms due to urinary outflow obstruction caused by BPH in men 45 years of age or older can be obtained locally.

Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013, the UroLift System is designed to relieve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, while preserving sexual function.

The UroLift System provides an alternative to tissue removing surgery for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. Performed through the urethra, a urologist uses the UroLift System to push aside the obstructive prostate lobes and positions small, tailored permanent UroLift implants to hold the prostate lobes in the retracted position. This opens the urethra while leaving the prostate intact.

Adverse reactions associated with UroLift System treatment were comparable to other minimally invasive surgical therapies as well as standard cystoscopy. The most common adverse events reported during the study included pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate, and the inability to control urine because of an urgent need to urinate. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.

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