Bedford Regional Urology
Bedford Regional Urology offers men with troublesome symptoms related to Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) a variety of treatment options, including the highly effective and innovative solution, UroLift®. For many, UroLift® is the first step toward a dramatic improvement in life quality.
What Is Urolift?
The UroLift® transprostatic implant is a clinically proven treatment for bothersome urinary symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), a disease that causes difficulties voiding urine. It is not prostate cancer. The UroLift® procedure involves placing small implants to reduce obstruction in the prostate to relieve urinary symptoms.
Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of BPH.
BPH affects more than 660 million men worldwide, with many men suffering from symptoms of enlarged prostate.
You no longer have to be one of them!
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a very common condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
What Is an Enlarged Prostate?
The prostate is a male reproductive gland, about the size of a walnut, which produces fluid for semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms.
BPH 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
Advantages of the UroLift® System
- Rapid symptom relief, better than reported medications
- Risk profile better than reported for surgical procedures such as TURP
- Preservation of sexual function
- Return to normal activity in days not months
- Increased quality of life
- Does not require ongoing BPH medications
- Over 25 clinical study publications; 5-years published clinical data
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 with no instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction.
The UroLift® System Has Healed Men Around The World.
What is the UroLift® System?
The UroLift® System is a revolutionary approach to treating BPH that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only BPH procedure that does not require ongoing BPH medication, cutting, heating, or removal of the prostate tissue.
How the UroLift® System Works
Enlarged Prostate: An enlarged prostate can narrow or even block the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms.
Step 1: The UroLift® Delivery Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
Step 2: Tiny UroLift Implants are permanently placed to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra. The permanent implants are delivered through a small needle that comes out of the UroLift Delivery Device and into the prostate.
Step 3: The UroLift System treatment provides fast and reliable symptom relief by opening the obstructed urethra.
What to Expect During the Procedure
During the UroLift® System procedure, the doctor places small, permanent implants into the prostate to lift and hold the enlarged tissue out of the way.
During the procedure you will be situated on a table with your legs slightly elevated. There will be a monitor that the physician watches during the procedure.
Depending on where you have your procedure performed (in the hospital or doctor’s office) and other factors, your doctor will administer local or general anesthesia to help maximize comfort during the procedure.
The doctor gently introduces a thin tube containing a tiny camera through the urethra to determine where to place the UroLift implants.
Once the proper location is determined, the doctor will insert a tiny implant into the prostate. You will hear a “click” during the placement.
This will be repeated until the doctor achieves a sufficient opening for urine to pass easily. During the procedure you may feel some pressure and the urge to urinate. This is to be expected.
“The procedure has allowed me to regain my quality of life. I have no urgency, no frequency and I’m thoroughly satisfied with the results.”
– Stephen Richardson, MD (patient)
“Symptom relief is achieved rapidly, often within two weeks, and at one month is very similar to what can be expected at five years.” – Claus Roehrborn, MD
Is the procedure performed in an office or hospital?
When can I resume my usual activities?
Do I need to continue taking my BPH medications after the procedure?
Will my prostate continue to grow even after I get a UroLift® System procedure? What if I need another procedure?
How quickly can I expect to have symptom relief?
How long will my results last?
Will my sexual function be affected by the UroLift System procedure?
Does my insurance cover the procedure?
What happens if the implants need to be removed?
I have read that many men don’t need a catheter after the UroLift® System procedure. Is this true?
Is my prostate too large for this procedure?
Can I have an MRI after the UroLift System procedure?
90% of patients reported improvement in their condition at one month
Are you ready to take control of your BPH symptoms? Don’t settle for frustrating urinary symptoms and daily medications. The UroLift® System procedure may be the right choice for you if you are seeking a treatment solution.
1. Talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate for the UroLift System procedure
2. Coordinate with your Bedford Regional Urology to confirm your insurance coverage
3. Schedule your UroLift System procedure
4. Enjoy your new life!
“It’s just a friendlier option for the patient – they recover quickly and get on with their life.”
– Dr. Steven George
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What to Expect After the Procedure
Immediately following the procedure, you will be asked to urinate. If you have difficulty urinating, your doctor may insert a catheter to help you void, and you will be given instructions on when to have the catheter removed. Most patients do not require a catheter after having the UroLift® System procedure. Consider speaking to your physician about their use of catheters.
Some men may experience discomfort after the procedure. You may have soreness in the lower abdomen, and it may be uncomfortable to sit. You may experience the need to urinate more frequently and with greater urgency. You may have some blood in your urine, including passing an occasional blood clot. These are all common reactions to the procedure. Most of these symptoms will resolve within 2-4 weeks – this is normal.
UroLift® After Care
Some men may experience discomfort after the procedure. You may have soreness in the lower abdomen, and it may be uncomfortable to sit. You may experience the need to urinate more frequently and with greater urgency. You may have some blood in your urine, including passing an occasional blood clot. These are all normal reactions to the procedure. Many of these symptoms will resolve in a week or two, but some may last up to four weeks – this is normal.
The following are some suggestions:
1. Have someone drive you home after the procedure.
2. Drink plenty of water.
3. Take your medication as prescribed.
4. Avoid strenuous activity for one week.
5. If you have a catheter placed into your bladder do not take a bath until it is removed, though you can take a shower.
Take the following medications as directed:
When taking pain medications, you may experience dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drink alcohol or drive when you are taking these medications.
If you are given an antibiotic to prevent urinary tract infection, it is important to finish all medications as directed.
*If you have a catheter placed, see instructions for Care of Catheter and Instructions for Self-Removal of Catheter.
You should contact your physician if you experience any of the following:
1. Temperature above 101.5° (taken by mouth).
2. Excessive urinary bleeding or bleeding from the penis.
3. Continuous bladder spasms.
4. Painful, swollen and/or inflated testicle(s) or scrotum.
5. Unable to void spontaneously or the indwelling catheter is not draining urine or is blocked.
IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, GO TO THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM FOR TREATMENT.
If your doctor suggests that you go to the emergency room or other facility for catheterization for inability to urinate, be sure to tell the facility personnel to use a Coudé (pronounced coo-day) tipped catheter.