The Ultimate Guide to Urolift
The prostate is a small, but very important, gland located in front of the rectum, just below the bladder. A part of a man’s reproductive system, the prostate gland is important, helping to not only create semen but also propel it out in order to fertilize a woman’s egg and make a baby. As a man ages, the prostate tends to grow larger. However, if your prostate becomes too large, it can cause several health issues. For instance, it can obstruct the urethra, which carries urine and semen to be released from the body. According to research, more than 37 million men in the United States are affected by an enlarged prostate.
As a man, having prostate problems can severely impact their lifestyle and love life. Men who suffer from an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) often need to frequently urinate. And when the prostate is enlarged, the urethra could become blocked, making it difficult to get all the urine out. Prostate problems can also cause lack of sleep, fatigue, and a reduced quality of life.
What is Urolift, and how can it help BPH?
The UroLift® System is an FDA-approved technology used to treat men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This is a minimally invasive procedure that holds tissue from the prostate out of the way, and relieving constriction or obstruction around the urethra, so urination is no longer a problem. With this procedure, there is no removal of prostate tissue.
How Does UroLift® Actually Work?
Your urologist performs the UroLift procedure by pulling the lobes in your prostate apart to relieve compression placed on the urethra. Urine will flow properly again, and most importantly, the procedure takes away the feeling of urgency or incontinence (meaning the feeling that you constantly have to go run to the bathroom). The procedure is done under local anesthesia, and is an alternative for patient’s looking to eliminate the use of medication and other more invasive surgical procedures.
Men who undergo the UroLift procedure have said to experience a significant improvement in their quality of life. Symptoms resolve in about two to four weeks after the procedure for most people, but remember that everyone is different. With most surgery, there is some swelling both internally and externally, so it’s important to follow the surgeons recovery instructions word for word.
To learn more about BPH and how the UroLift procedure may be able to help you, call Charlotte Men’s Health at (704) 786-5131 to request an appointment with Dr. Richard Natale, a board-certified urologist.