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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate gland enlargement) or BPH is a condition that affects a majority of men as they age. Enlarged prostate gland results in the development of uncomfortable urinary symptoms, like blockage of urine flow.

BPH can also result in the urinary tract, bladder, or kidney problems. BPH is treatable, and there are effective treatments, including medications, MIST (minimally invasive surgical therapies), and surgery.

The most appropriate option is determined by a urologist based upon the symptoms, prostate size, other comorbid conditions, as well as your preferences.

Symptoms of BPH

While the severity of symptoms varies in people, but all of them do tend to worsen over time. Some of the common BPH symptoms include:
  • Need for frequent or urgent urination
  • Nocturia (Increased nighttime urination)
  • Urinary hesitancy (difficulty starting urination or maintain the flow)
  • Weak urine stream
  • Leaking or dribbling while urinating
  • Straining to urinate
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
Some lesser-known symptoms include:
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Presence of blood in the urine
  • Inability to urinate
One common misconception in BPH is prostate size. Bigger prostate doesn’t necessarily mean severe symptoms. Some men with slight prostate enlargement can have severe symptoms, while those with a significantly enlarged prostate can have minor urinary symptoms.

In a few patients, these symptoms tend to stabilize and improve over a period. However, not all are so lucky. Consult a urologist when these symptoms start to develop.

Even if they aren’t bothersome, one should identify and rule out any underlying causes. If left untreated, these might result in urinary tract obstruction.

UroLift® System Treatment

Prostatic urethral lift or UroLift®System in common parlance is one of the minimally invasive surgical techniques which got US FDA approval in September 2013 and approval from UK’s National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence in September 2015.

A revolutionary treatment, UroLift®System, is a minimally invasive approach that treats BPH or an enlarged prostate. It holds or lifts the enlarged prostate tissue in a way that it does not block the urethra.

UroLift®System does not involve any heating, cutting, or ablation of prostate tissue which ensures that a man’s sexual functions are not negatively impacted. UroLift®System is an option for those men who want to avoid any long-term drugs, surgery or any side effects of medications or surgery.

The UroLift® System treatment is a one-time procedure done in an office setup and intends to provide quick relief and recovery from BPH symptoms. UroLift® System can help in breaking the medication cycle and the way a man would feel without undergoing more invasive surgery.

The primary goal of undergoing an UroLift® System treatment is for relieving the symptoms to ensure you get back to a normal life.

Is UroLift® System Treatment Fail-proof?

UroLift® System has shown that the quality of life in the patient who underwent this procedure has seen significant improvement when compared to medications.

It is the only treatment that has not shown to cause any lasting or new ejaculatory or erectile dysfunction. Also, the rate of failure of an UroLift® System procedure is around 2-3% annually.

Does this mean the UroLift® System is a fail-proof treatment?

No. Like any other procedure, the UroLift® System also has some side effects. These include:
  • Sensitivity while urinating.
  • Urinary frequency.
  • Increased urge to urinate at times
  • Urinary leakage, (mostly linked to having a call, relatively uncommon)
  • General pelvic discomfort
  • Minimal bleeding.
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Anesthetic side effects

In Conclusion

Selecting the UroLift® System is a decision that is best left to the treating physician. Many factors determine this decision and the treating physician will take all of it into consideration before approving it.

Remember it is not the end of the world if one fails the UroLift® System. Other treatment modalities can help in treating BPH.