Urology Associates Medical Group
Urologists located in Burbank, CA
Learn about the latest treatment for prostate enlargement! We at Urology Associates Medical Group understand that minimizing troublesome urinary symptoms contributes to a positive and healthy outlook on life. Symptoms of an enlarged prostate are among the most common complaints of men over 50. These symptoms may include frequent trips to the bathroom at night, a slow urinary stream, a feeling of not emptying the bladder and a sense of urgency that may make it difficult to get to the bathroom in time. There are many treatment options available and one we are particularly excited about is the Urolift. System®. Unlike many standard treatment options, the Urolift. System® in an innovative way to relieve prostate enlargement systems with minimal downtime and without needing a surgical procedure. If you suffer from symptoms of prostate enlargement, call for an appointment to discuss this minimally invasive, effective treatment.
UroLift Q & A
What is the UroLift System?
The inability to sufficiently empty your bladder due to an enlarged prostate, or BPH, is extremely common and causes discomfort, embarrassment, and annoyance (at the very least).
The specialists at the Urology Associates Medical Group use an innovative treatment to resolve such disorders: the UroLift System. This minimally invasive procedure treats BPH by lifting the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way, so it no longer blocks the urethra.
This procedure involves no removing, cutting, or heating of your prostate tissue. The risk profile of the UroLift System is better than what has been reported for major surgical procedures, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), or the use of long-term drugs.
How does the UroLift System work?
Safe and straightforward, a highly-trained urologist performs the UroLift System procedure. It's an outpatient prostate treatment, usually performed in the office under local or general anesthesia.
During your appointment, the urologist places tiny, permanent implants to hold your prostate lobes apart to relieve compression on the urethra, allowing your urine to flow normally again.
What happens after a UroLift System treatment?
Because a UroLift System treatment is an outpatient procedure, you can go home to rest after surgery.
As part of the best practices for aftercare, only about 20% of men require the use of a catheter for proper healing, and for one night only. This percentage is much lower compared with traditional invasive surgeries like TURP.
Posttreatment, you enjoy minimal downtime and are likely to experience relief of your symptoms within two weeks. Some men may experience urinary discomfort during the recovery period, but this tends to resolve within two to four weeks.
What are the benefits of the UroLift System?
The advantages of the UroLift System include:
- Quick recovery — within days, not months
- Increased quality of life
- No ongoing BPH medications
- Rapid symptom relief
- Preservation of sexual function
Are there side effects from a UroLift System treatment?
The common side effects of the UroLift® treatment include:
- Pain and discomfort when urinating
- Increased urge to urinate
- Discomfort in the pelvis and light blood in the urine
These side effects typically resolve within two to four weeks.