Urolift – Relief from BPH Symptoms
Find relief from frustrating BPH symptoms with UroLift
What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a very common condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of BPH. While BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, it can cause loss of productivity and sleep, depression and decreased quality of life.
What are the symptoms of BPH?
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
What is the UroLift System?
The UroLift® System is a proven option for patients looking for an alternative to drugs or major surgery. The goal of the UroLift System treatment is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities.
Treatment with the UroLift System uses a minimally invasive approach that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH symptoms.1 It is an earlier treatment option that can get men off BPH medications and avoid major surgery. The UroLift System treatment has demonstrated a significant improvement in quality of life for patients that is greater than reported for medications.2,3 The UroLift System is the only BPH procedure shown not to cause new and lasting erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction*, while being a safe and effective treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH.1,3-6
Dr. Brian Blair, Dr. Sajal Dutta, and Dr. Lance Marr have been designated as UroLift® Centers of Excellence physicians in the Pacific Northwest. The designation recognizes that they have achieved a high level of training and experience with the UroLift System and demonstrated a commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH.
Five other highly trained urologists at The Oregon Clinic are trained in the Urolift procedure. These urologists have also completed many Urolift procedures and can help you get relief — Dr. Gilbert Klemann, Dr. Daniel Miller, Dr. Jacob Richard, and Dr. Amanda VanDlac.
How Does the UroLift System Work?
The UroLift System uses a revolutionary approach to treating BPH. The UroLift System consists of a delivery device and tiny permanent implants that lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only available BPH treatment performed by a urologist that does not require heating, cutting, or removal of the prostate tissue. The procedure is typically performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office or ambulatory surgery center. Patients typically return home the same day without a catheter.1
1. Roehrborn, J Urol 2013, L.I.F.T. Study
2. AUA Guidelines 2003
3. Roehrborn et al. Can J Urol 2017
4. Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2015, 3-Year L.I.F.T. Study
5. Roehrborn, Urology Practice 2015, 2-Year L.I.F.T. Study
6. Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016
*No instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction
What to Expect
Watch an short animation showing the how the UroLift System procedure works.
Frequently Asked Questions
The UroLift® System treatment is covered by Medicare and all major private insurers. Contact your insurance provider for your specific coverage information.
Clinical studies have shown the UroLift® System treatment does not cause new, sustained instances of erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction. The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.
After the treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime post treatment and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as 2 weeks. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Most common side effects are mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate and/or the inability to control the urge. Most symptoms resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
If you and your doctor decide that the UroLift® System treatment is right for you, your doctor will provide you with more detailed information relating to the treatment. In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor will use the UroLift Delivery Device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate that is pressing on your urethra. The procedure, which usually takes about an hour, may be performed under local or general anesthesia and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. This typically helps minimize discomfort during the procedure, though everyone’s definition for pain and discomfort varies greatly. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay is required post-treatment.
You may be a good candidate if you are a male, 45 years of age or older, and have symptoms relating to BPH. Speak with your urologist to see if the UroLift® System treatment is right for you. If you have a known allergy to nickel, titanium or stainless steel, talk to your doctor about your allergy before getting a UroLift System treatment.