In my practice, I commonly see men suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) as they age. BPH can cause discomfort, blockage of urine flow and frequent infections in the bladder, urinary tract and kidneys. Medication can help in some situations, but when it doesn’t I recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure called UroLift.
Relatively new, the procedure has shown great promise in immediately alleviating discomfort and improving urine flow, with very little risk of sexual dysfunction.
UroLift is an outpatient procedure performed in our Ambulatory Surgery Center that typically requires a general or local anesthetic. It does not require heating, cutting or removal of the prostate tissue. The goal is to lift and move the enlarged prostate so it no longer blocks the urethra.
During the procedure, the UroLift Delivery Device (a thin metal instrument) is inserted through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate. Small UroLift implants are then placed into the enlarged prostate to permanently lift and hold the prostate tissue out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra. The UroLift Delivery Device is then removed.
A quick, simple procedure with few side effects, UroLift offers several benefits to men suffering from BPE, including:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Minimal downtime and rapid recovery
- Immediate symptom relief
- Little risk of sexual dysfunction (due to surgery)
Also with UroLift there’s no ongoing medication (which may cause dizziness, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction), heating, cutting, or removal of the prostate tissue required.
Schedule an Exam and Consultation
If you have a benign enlarged prostate and want to know if UroLift is right for you, call 713-442-0000 and request an appointment with me for an exam and consultation. Together, we can determine whether UroLift is the best treatment option to alleviate your pain and discomfort.
Dr. Colen is a board-certified Urology specialist at Kelsey-Seybold’s Berthelsen Main Campus, Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center, and Tanglewood Clinic. His clinical interests include minimally invasive and robotic surgeries, including robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomies and partial nephrectomies, the management and treatment of urinary stone disease, benign prostatic hypertrophy, and voiding dysfunction.