What is UroLift?
The UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that alleviates
BPH symptoms and delivers results that matter.
How does the UroLift System work?
Small permanent retractors are placed 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 ongoing medication, cutting, heating,
or removal of prostate tissue required which means a minimally invasive,
straightforward procedure with less downtime.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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
What happens during the recover 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 normal daily activities.
What clinical data is available for the UroLift System? There is a large amount of data from clinical studies conducted in the
US, Canada, Europe and Australia that has been presented in peer-reviewed
medical publications demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of the
UroLift System. To learn more about the clinical data available, visit
Advantages of the UroLift System
- Rapid symptom relief, better than reported for medications
- Risk profile better than reported for surgical procedures such as TURP
- Preservation of sexual function
- Return to normal activity in days, not months
- Increased quality of life
- No ongoing BPH medications
- 19 clinical study publications; 4-years published clinical data
Most common side effects are light blood in the urine, some pain or discomfort
when urinating, some increased urge to go and discomfort in the pelvis
that typically resolves within 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
What to expect
during the procedure:
During the UroLift procedure the doctor places small, permanent implants
into the prostate to lift and hold the enlarged tissue out of the way.
- During the procedure you will be situated comfortably on a table with your
legs slightly elevated. There will be a monitor that the physician watches
during the procedure.
- Depending on where you have your procedure performed (in the hospital or
doctor's office), your doctor will administer local or general anesthesia
to help maximize comfort during the procedure.
- The doctor gently introduces a thin tube containing a tiny camera through
the urethra to determine where to place the UroLift implants.
- Once the proper location is determined, the doctor will insert several
tiny implants into the prostate. You will hear a "click" during
- This will be repeated on both sides until the doctor achieves a sufficient
opening for urine to pass easily. During the procedure you may feel some
pressure and the urge to urinate. This is to be expected.
What to expect
after the procedure:
Immediately following the procedure, you will be asked to urinate. If you
can successfully urinate, you will be allowed to go home. If you have
difficulty urinating, your doctor may insert a catheter to help you void,
and you will be given instructions on when to have the catheter removed.
Most patients do not require a catheter after having the UroLift procedure.
Some men may experience discomfort after the procedure. You may have soreness
in the lower abdomen, and it may be uncomfortable to sit. You may experience
the need to urinate more frequently with greater urgency. You may have
some blood in your urine, including passing an occasional blood clot.
These are all normal reactions to the procedure. Most of these symptoms
will resolve within 2-4 weeks - this is normal.