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Urolift®

What Is BPH?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a common condition in which the prostate enlarges as men age. About 40% of men in their 50's and more than 70% of men in their 60's experience BPH. It is unrelated to prostate cancer, but it can have a significant impact on a man's quality of life. As the prostate enlarges, it puts pressure on the urethra and causes bothersome urinary complications. Some common symptoms of BPH are:

  • Need to urinate frequently and/or an urgent feeling of needing to urinate
  • The feeling that you cannot completely empty your bladder
  • A weak or slow urinary stream
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • A urinary stream that stops and start

Left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage. 87% of men who elect to do nothing and wait experience a significant worsening of symptoms over a four-year period.

A Minimally Invasive Treatment Option

For men looking to treat their BPH without ongoing medications or major surgery, the Urolift® procedure provides a minimally-invasive alternative. As the only treatment for an enlarged prostate that does not require heating, cutting, or destruction of the prostate tissue, Urolift is safe and provides rapid, long-lasting symptom relief.

Community Memorial Urology is recognized as one of the region's only Urolift Centers of Excellence. This designation highlights the dedication of our specialists to achieving exceptional results with the Urolift procedure.

How It Works

You may undergo the Urolift procedure under local or general anesthesia in our urology office or the hospital. The procedure is completed in three main steps:

  • Step One: The Urolift delivery device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
  • Step Two: Two small Urolift implants are delivered through the delivery device and permanently placed to lift the enlarged prostate off of the urethra and hold it there.
  • Step Three: The delivery device is extracted and the obstructed urethra is opened, providing immediate symptom relief.

Most patients do not require a catheter following the Urolift procedure and can return to normal day-to-day activities almost immediately. Common side effects experienced after the procedure include painful urination, blood in the urine, minor pelvic pain, and urinary urgency. Symptoms generally resolve 2 – 4 weeks following the procedure.

Insurance Coverage

The Urolift procedure is covered by Medicare and most national commercial plans including all independent licenses of Blue Cross Blue Shield, when medical criteria are met. Our team is available to assist with insurance questions and authorizations as needed.