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
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 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 www.UroLift.com.au.
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.
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 normal daily activities.
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
The 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 the placement.
- 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.