What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH symptoms so it is very common. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man's quality of life.
The prostate is a male reproductive gland, about the size of a walnut, that produces fluid for semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is one of the leading reasons for men to visit a urologist.
BPH Treatment Options
If you have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate due to BPH, there are several treatment options available. Consult your physician to determine which treatment is right for you.
The UroLift® System is a minimally invasive treatment that alleviates BPH symptoms and delivers the things that matter:
• Rapid symptom relief • Risk profile better than reported for TURP1 • Symptom relief better than reported for medications2 • Preservation of sexual function • A quick return to normal activity • Increased quality of life
How does the UroLift® System work?
The doctor places small, permanent implants into the prostate to lift and hold the enlarged tissue out of the way, relieving pressure on the urethra and allowing urine to flow. There is no cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue required which means a minimally invasive, straightforward procedure and less downtime for patients.
Questions and Answers
How soon will I feel better after having the UroLift® System treatment?
Patients may experience improvement in their lower urinary tract symptoms as early as 2 weeks after the procedure.
Will having the UroLift System treatment affect my sexual function?
Sexual function has been preserved among the hundreds of patients treated in our clinical studies. This is a unique benefit of the UroLift System treatment compared with other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.
What happens during the recovery period?
There is minimal downtime post-procedure and patients may experience symptom relief in as early as 2 weeks. Typically, no overnight stay and no catheter is required but you may experience urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Your doctor will discuss with you how quickly you can return to your daily activities.