What is The UroLift?
With the use of advanced endoscopic guidance, UroLift works by implanting on your prostate to help stop the obstruction of your urethra. If you have tried other therapies and medications that have proved unsuccessful, then UroLift may be a successful option for you. At Kasraeian Urology, our board-certified urologists Drs. Ali Kasraeian and Ahmad Kasraeian offer UroLift treatment for patients who suffer from an enlarged prostate. To help stop the need for frequent trips to the bathroom, pelvic pain, and additional symptoms, this innovative treatment is placed on both sides of the prostate to allow better passage for urine to exit the bladder.
What Are The Benefits Of A UroLift?
A personalized UroLift procedure performed by Drs. Kasraeian can significantly improve quality of life with benefits like:
- Making urination easier
- Cutting down bathroom trips
- Reducing pain and discomfort
- Providing results when other treatments have failed
- Lessening risk of complications
- Outpatient procedure
- Can have long-lasting and possibly lifetime results
Who is a candidate for UroLift?
In addition to having a slightly enlarged prostate, candidates for the UroLift may also be:
- Having difficulties urinating (including starting, stopping, dribbling, or being unable to fully empty the bladder)
- Noticing some blood in the urine
- Getting up in the night to urinate
- Free of any other existing infections
During your consultation at Kasraeian Urology, a thorough digital rectal exam will be conducted in order to evaluate the level of inflammation of the prostate.
How does UroLiftwork?
UroLift is performed as an in-office procedure at our state-of-the-art, Jacksonville, FL, facility. During the treatment, you will be laying down in one of our spacious treatment rooms with your legs slightly elevated. Sedation or a local anesthetic may be used to help make the treatment more comfortable.
Using a handheld endoscopic device that is inserted into the penis, the UroLift will be implanted on each side of the prostate. A 19-gauge needle will be utilized to place at least two implants on each side. No incisions are necessary, and the UroLift implants will effectively hold back the tissue to allow the urethra to become unobstructed for urine flow.
Following your treatment, our skilled team will provide you with the appropriate aftercare instructions. These include attending a follow-up appointment so that your healing progress can be carefully monitored.
How Long Is Recovery After A UroLift Procedure?
After a UroLift procedure, most patients will be able to go home without a catheter, returning to work and their normal routine in about three days. Some may experience mild discomfort, urinary urgency, light blood in the urine, or abdominal tenderness. These are normal and temporary, usually resolving in about 2 – 4 weeks. Dr. Kasraeian will give you post-procedure care instructions, but typically, patients will be advised to avoid strenuous activity for at least one week after the procedure. Most patients can begin to experience relief from BPH symptoms in about two weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Urolift side effects?
The most common side effects are temporary. These side effects include light blood in the urine, urgent need to urinate, pain or discomfort while urinating, pelvic pain, and the inability to control the urge to urinate. In rare circumstances, some patients may experience an infection from bleeding.
How long do the results last?
Like many medical procedures, the results will vary for each patient. Many men have noticed a significant improvement in their BPH symptoms immediately following their Urolift treatment. Patients with a healthy lifestyle may see lifetime results from the Urolift implantation.
Can Urolift be repeated?
The Urolift procedure can be repeated if necessary. Patients should discuss their symptoms with their doctor to find out if an additional treatment is needed.
Can there be complications with the Urolift procedure?
Compared to traditional surgery, there are fewer complications from the Urolift procedure. The procedure is done using local anesthesia and patients will often return home the same day.
When other therapies have not been helpful to treat unpleasant symptoms, UroLift may be a successful treatment option for you. At Kasraeian Urology, we can talk with you about whether you are an ideal candidate for this innovative treatment. Learn more by contacting us in Jacksonville, FL, to schedule your initial consultation.
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