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The UroLift® System Treatment

What is the UroLift® System?

Treatment with the UroLift® System uses a minimally invasive approach that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. It is an earlier treatment option that can get men off BPH medications and avoid major surgery. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist, and the UroLift® System may be the right option for you to get back to your daily activities.

The UroLift® System treatment has demonstrated a significant improvement in quality of life for patients compared to medications. It is the only BPH procedure not shown to cause new and lasting erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction, while being a safe and effective treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH.

How Does the UroLift® System Work?

The UroLift® System uses a revolutionary approach to treating BPH that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue, so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only available BPH treatment performed by a urologist that does not require heating, cutting, or removal of the prostate tissue. The procedure is typically performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office or an ambulatory surgery center. Patients typically return home the same day without a catheter.

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Before you visit the urologist, you can take this BPH Symptom Quiz (designed by the American Urological Association) to determine the severity of your symptoms. You and your urologist will discuss your symptoms together to decide which treatment option is best.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss your BPH symptoms with us.

Please contact us at (406) 731-8041.

What is BPH?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide. Over 40 percent of men in their 50's and over 70 percent of men in their 60's have BPH. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:

  • 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

If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a good candidate for the UroLift® System treatment?
You may be a good candidate if you are a male, 45 years of age or older, and have symptoms relating to BPH. Speak with your urologist to see if the UroLift® System treatment is right for you. If you have a known allergy to nickel, titanium or stainless steel, talk to your doctor about your allergy before getting a UroLift® System treatment.

What should I expect during the treatment? Is it painful? How long does it take?
If you and your doctor decide the UroLift® System treatment is right for you, your doctor will provide more detailed information relating to the treatment. In general, the UroLift® System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor will use the UroLift® Delivery Device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate that is pressing on your urethra. The procedure, which usually takes less than an hour, may be performed under local or general anesthesia and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. This typically helps minimize discomfort during the procedure, though everyone’s definition for pain and discomfort varies greatly. Typically, no post-treatment catheter or overnight stay are required.

What happens post-treatment, during the recovery period? Is medication required?
After the treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime post-treatment and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as two weeks. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. 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 resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.

Does the treatment affect my sexual function?
Clinical studies have shown the UroLift® System treatment does not cause new, sustained instances of erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction1. The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.

Does my insurance cover the treatment?
The UroLift® System treatment is covered by Medicare and many private insurers. Contact your insurance provider for your specific coverage information.

Source: http://urolifttoolkit.com