Think You Have an Enlarged Prostate?
Urologists Dr. Alan Weinberg, Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, and Dr. Eric Tygenhof of Southland Urology Answer Questions About Symptoms and Discuss a Minimally-Invasive Breakthrough Treatment Option
What Are the Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate and When Should Men See a Urologist?
Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of enlarged prostate.This can cause loss of productivity and sleep and, in some cases, can cause depression.
Common symptoms include:
• 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
Enlarged prostate can wreak havoc on a man’s quality of life, so it’s important to see a physician if these problems persist. What Treatment Options Do You Recommend to Your Patients?
Treatment options for enlarged prostate range from medications to surgery, with minimally invasive options in between. Medications can be helpful in relieving symptoms for some men, but patients must continue taking hem long-term to maintain the effects. Some patients may suffer side effects including dizziness, headaches, or sexual dysfunction. And some may not get adequate relief of their symptoms. Surgical options, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) or photovaporization of the prostate (PVP), are very effective. However, these typically require general anesthesia, overnight hospitalization, and post-operative catheterization. Surgery can also increase the risk of erectile dysfunction or loss of ejaculation.
Can You Describe What Minimally Invasive Treatment are Available?
We’re very excited to offer our patients a revolutionary procedure called the UroLift® System. The FDA-cleared UroLift System is a breakthrough, minimally invasive procedure to treat enlarged prostate. It does not require any cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue. Here’s how it works: our board-certified urologists use the UroLift System device to lift and move the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra (the passageway that urine flows through). Tiny implants are placed to hold the tissue in place, like tiebacks on a window curtain, leaving an unobstructed pathway for urine to flow normally again.
What are the Benefits of the UroLift® System?
We perform the UroLift procedure in our office, which patients like. The procedure typically takes under an hour, preserves sexual function, doesn’t require cutting, heating or removal of tissue, and typically does not require a catheter after the procedure. (2)
Compared to other BPH surgeries, the UroLift System procedure has a strong safety profile with minimal side effects. (3)
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.
1. Berry, et al., J Urol 1984 and 2013 U.S. Census worldwide population estimates
2. NeoTract US market model estimates for 2013 based on IMS Health and Drug Procedure Data
3. Roehrborn, et al., Journal of Urology, L.I.F.T. Study, 2013