The UroLift® System is a new, minimally invasive approach to treating BPH for patients looking for an alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery. The UroLift® System is a straightforward procedure that utilizes tiny implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
Clinical data has proven that the UroLift® System treatment is safe and effective. The goal is to relieve you of bothersome urinary symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume daily activities.
Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the UroLift® System FDA cleared or approved?
Yes. The product was reviewed and cleared by FDA in September, 2013. It is also commercially available in many other countries including Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy.
How long does it last?
The UroLift® Implant is a permanent implant, and the treatment is intended to be permanent. The clinical studies currently show the results can last as long as three years, and the studies are ongoing. It may last longer, but the studies have not gone out that far yet.
What are the benefits of the UroLift®System over other BPH procedures?
The studies show UroLift® System treatment offers a similar level of symptom relief as other BPH procedures and it is very safe, typically having fewer side effects than other procedures. The common side-effects are typically gone in 4 weeks or less. These side effects include some blood in the urine, painful urination, urgency, pelvic ache, and possibly some urge incontinence – again these are typically gone by 4 weeks or sooner. By comparison most other BPH procedures can have permanent side effects including loss of ejaculation, incontinence, and erectile problems. Patients report returning to normal about 9 days after UroLift® System treatment, on average.
How do I know if UroLift® System treatment is right for me?
BPH patients who are looking for an alternative to drugs or major surgery may be candidates for UroLift® System treatment. Patients who are scheduled for another BPH treatment or are unhappy with or have stopped taking medications may also be candidates. The UroLift® System is appropriate for patients seeking a minimally invasive treatment and are concerned about preserving their quality of life. Your doctor will need to do a few simple examinations to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure based on your specific symptoms and anatomy.