The UroLift system is a minimally invasive surgical technique that treats urinary obstruction caused by BPH.
UroLift is made up of a delivery device and permanent implants, which are small tethers (like “staples”) that are inserted via a quick telescopic operation.
It involves the placement of these implants in the prostate with the help of the delivery device. Under an anaesthetic the delivery system is introduced through the urethra (water-tube) under endoscopic guidance to reach the blocked area. The implants are introduced and permanently placed to hold the enlarged prostate tissue open and away from the urethra, thereby reducing the obstruction to urination. The number of implants used depends on the degree of obstruction and the size of the prostate.
The procedure does not involve cutting, heating, removal or damage to tissues, all of which can affect sexual function., so there is virtually no risk of any sexual side effects, including backward ejacualation which commonly occurs with other forms of BPH (prostate) treatment.
The UroLift is an alternative to the transurethral resection of the prostate or TURP and is intended for men who wish to retain their quality of life and sexual function and avoid major surgery.
However, the UroLift system may not be recommended if the prostate is too enlarged, or the shape of the prostate in strange, or if there are other bladder issues.
There are now results for this treatment, stretching out to more than 5 years from insertion of UroLift tethers, showing it to cause a worthwhile sustained improvement in bladder function
Dr. Love has a large experience in this technique, and is very enthusiastic about the results he has been obtaining for some years now, on properly selected and diagnosed patients
How the UroLift System Works
- An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow.
- The UroLift Delivery Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
- The UroLift Delivery Device compresses the tissue and delivers tiny implants to lift and hold prostate tissue out of the way, thus opening the urethra. The permanent implants keep the tissue in place, like tiebacks on a window curtain.
- The UroLift Delivery Device is removed, leaving an open urethra for urine to flow.
Clinical data has proven that the UroLift System treatment is safe and effective and can improve BPH symptoms greater than with medication. Results have shown durability to two years with no impact to sexual function. The goal is to relieve you of bothersome urinary symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume daily activities.
Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Dr Love was the first doctor in Victoria to perform a post-trial UroLift procedure at The Como Private Hospital. To book an appointment to learn more about the UroLift System Treatment please contact Dr Love’s rooms on (03) 9660-4911.
Further information on the UroLift System Treatment can be found here.