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What is UroLift?
What does it treat?
UroLift is used to treat men with urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic enlargement.
Who is this suitable for?
Ideal candidates for UroLift include those men who wish to experience significant improvements in their urinary symptoms, wish to preserve sexual function and are not ready to proceed on with definitive cavitating surgery. This includes men who wish not to be on drugs or in whom drugs have unacceptable side effects or are no longer working.
UroLift implants are inserted under a light general anaesthetic. The treatment usually takes place as a day procedure only. Men will experience stinging, burning and frequency for several days afterwards until the bladder settles down.
What happens if symptoms recur?
The longest series to date demonstrates around 10 % of men require retreatment of some description within that time frame.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is performed under a light general anaesthetic which takes usually 10-20 minutes.
What can I expect after the implant?
Most men will experience a few days of stinging and irritation after the procedure. It is not uncommon to see blood in your urine for a few days afterwards also. Most men notice relative immediate improvements in their pressure and flow, followed by resolution of frequency and urgency over the next week or two.
Is it a permanent treatment?
UroLift is a relatively new treatment for urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic enlargement. It was commercially introduced to Australia in July 2013. I have been using this treatment option for men since August 2013. To date the longest published follow up is 4 years. During this time around 10% of men will chose to have additional therapies.
What will happen to my sexual function?
A unique aspect to UroLift is that there is no risk to erectile function nor any change to organism following treatment.
Does a UroLift implant prevent me from having any other future treatment?
No. If a man develops recurrent symptoms after a UroLift implant all BPH treatment options are still possible including repeat UroLift or GreenLight laser prostatectomy.