Urologists at UCLA Urology are now offering UroLift, a new treatment option for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
The UroLift System is a straightforward procedure that utilizes tiny implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
For men older than 50, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common prostate problem. For most of these men, medication is often the first choice of treatment.
However, for patients with a relatively small to moderate sized prostate gland who do not want to take a daily dose of medication, the UroLift treatment is ideal.
UroLift is unique in that it does not destroy tissue. Instead, UroLift compresses normal tissue that blocks the urethra, resulting in improved urine flow.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can have a negative impact on a man’s quality of life. The benefits of the UroLift treatment, especially for younger men, will include not only the relief of bothersome urinary symptoms, but also the preservation of ejaculation.
Because UroLift is performed in the office under local anesthesia, the recovery time and return to daily activities is faster than with more invasive procedures.
BPH (also referred to as benign prostatic hypertrophy) is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes very enlarged and may cause problems associated with urination, such as blocking or reducing the flow of urine.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men that sits below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.
While each patient may experience different individual or combined symptoms, the most common symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) include:
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:
Diagnosis of an enlarged prostate is sometimes found during a routine rectal examination. BPH can also be diagnosed by the use of common tests such as a urinalysis, a urine study flow, a cystoscopy or a transrectal ultrasound.
Practice Location: Urology, Westwood Adult
Professor of Urology, Dr. Pantuck specializes in urologic cancers and has a long standing interest in kidney, prostate, bladder cancers, developing new treatment strategies through basic and clinical research and in the study of nutritional approaches to their prevention and treatment.
To find out more about UroLift in Los Angeles and if you are a candidate, please call the UCLA Urology Appointment line at (310) 794-7700.