The UroLift® System Treatment
What is the UroLift System?
Treatment with the UroLift® System uses a minimally invasive approach that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH symptoms.1 It is an earlier treatment option 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 significant improvement in quality of life for patients compared to medications.2,3 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.1,3-6
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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.1
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- Roehrborn, J Urol 2013, L.I.F.T. Study
- AUA Guidelines 2003
- Roehrborn et al. Can J Urol 2017
- Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2015, 3-Year L.I.F.T. Study
- Roehrborn, Urology Practice 2015, 2-Year L.I.F.T. Study
- Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016
*No instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for the UroLift® System treatment?
You may be a good candidate if you are a male, 45 years of age or older, and have symptoms relating to BPH. Speak with your urologist to see if the UroLift® System treatment is right for you. If you have a known allergy to nickel, titanium or stainless steel, talk to your doctor about your allergy before getting a UroLift System treatment. Evaluation of your prostate anatomy is required to determine if it is right for you, but over 80% of men have anatomy that is amenable to the UroLift® procedure.
What should I expect during the treatment? Is it painful? How long does it take?
If you and your doctor determine that the UroLift® System treatment is right for you, your doctor will provide you with more detailed information relating to the treatment. In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor 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 takes less than an hour (the implantation procedure itself takes about 15 minutes), may be performed under local anesthesia in the office or general anesthesia in the operating room. You may also 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-treatment1. If the procedure is done in the office, most patients go home within an hour after the procedure.
What happens post-treatment, during the recovery period? Are meds required?
After the treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter (90). There is minimal downtime post-treatment and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as 2 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. Many patients only experience 2-3 days of blood in the urine and can return to all normal activities once this resolves.
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 dysfunction1. The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, or even medication.
Does my insurance cover the treatment?
The UroLift® System treatment is covered by Medicare and all commercial insurers. Contact your insurance provider for your specific coverage information. At this time UroLift is unfortunately not covered by Medicaid plans.
Do any providers at Spokane Urology offer the UroLift procedure?
Yes, Dr. Michael Maccini is highly experienced with the UroLift® System, and is also the only provider in the Spokane area currently performing these procedures in the office, offering a truly minimally invasive experience for effective and durable treatment of BPH.
Where can I learn more?
Please visit the UroLift website for more information about the UroLift® System.
- Roehrborn, J Urology 2013 LIFT Study
Talking to Your Doctor about BPH
BPH is a very common condition and is one of the leading reasons men visit a urologist. Whether you have just started experiencing symptoms or if you've tried various medications or even surgery, there are a range of treatment options available.
Before you visit the doctor's office, you can take this BPH Symptom Quiz, designed by the American Urological Association, to determine the severity of your symptoms. We will discuss your symptoms together to decide which treatment option is best for you.