Dr. Alan C. Weinberg and Dr. Michael Gazzaniga have received one of the first UroLift® Center of Excellence Designations in the country.
This designation recognizes our commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from urinary tract symptoms and our achievement of a high level of training and experience with the UroLift System. We are proud to be a national leader in treating patients with this durable and effective treatment.
UroLift® System for BPH
Although there is no cure for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), there are various treatment options that aim to reduce your symptoms. Medication is normally the first line of therapy. However, if you are against surgery, have tried medication and are still not seeing long-term relief, the UroLift System may be a good option to consider.
The UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that aims to hinder the negative effects of BPH, such as chronic urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), loss of productivity and sleep, depression and more. It is a permanent implant designed to open the urethra directly without the need for any incisions, surgical resection or thermal injury to the prostate.
How Effective is the UroLift System?
In September 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved marketing for the UroLift System. The UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that aims to hinder the negative effects of BPH while increasing urine flow. It is considered to be the first permanent implant designed to open the urethra directly without the need for any incisions, resection or thermal injury.
Prior to FDA approval, a number of clinical trials were performed to review the procedure’s effectiveness. According to the FDA, the UroLift System produced successful results in 98 percent of cases and resulted in a 30 percent increase in urine flow. A significant decrease in BPH symptoms and improved quality of life were also observed within two years of receiving treatment.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Although the UroLift System is relatively new, the urologists at Comprehensive Urology are exceptionally skilled in performing the procedure. This treatment can be performed under local or general anesthesia, either in a doctor’s office or hospital.
First, the urologist will insert a delivery system through the urethra in order to determine the precise area(s) of the prostate tissue to be pulled back. The urologist will then insert a small needle into the sheath, which will be used to stitch the tissue. The number of implants (stiches) will vary depending on the size and shape of the obstructive tissue. Once complete, the instruments and delivery system are safely removed.
Like many urological conditions and their corresponding procedures, the UroLift System may have some side effects, which include:
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Decreased urine flow
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Pain/burning during urination
- Urgent urination
Benefits of the UroLift System
Since the UroLift System treatment is a minimally invasive approach to BPH, recovery time after the procedure is usually quick. Furthermore, unlike other BPH procedures, recover normally does not require the temporary use of a catheter. Studies have shown that this procedure has been successful in preserving sexual function. It is also not known to cause serious side effects such as retrograde ejaculation or permanent erectly dysfunction.