Foothills Urology in Lakewood and Denver Now Offers UroLift, A Minimally Invasive Treatment for Enlarged Prostate That Doesn’t Result in Erectile Dysfunction
Foothills Urology now offers UroLift, a new minimally invasive treatment option for enlarged prostate that involves no cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue. UroLift has been shown to decrease symptoms without impacting sexual function.
Enlarged Prostate, or BPH
The clinical name for an enlarged prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia. BPH is:
- Not cancer
- Common as men age. Half of men develop BPH by age 60, and it affects up to 90 percent of men over 80
BPH interferes with normal urinary function as the lobes of the enlarged prostate press on the urethra, limiting or blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. BPH symptoms include:
- Frequent urination during the day and night
- Slow or weak urinary stream
- A feeling that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Delay or difficulty starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
BPH Treatment Options
Watchful waiting. When BPH symptoms are mild, we may recommend that you wait to start treatment while we continue to monitor your symptoms.
Medication. Medications can relax the muscles around the neck of your bladder, making it easier to urinate. Other types of medications can help shrink the prostate. Medications typically must be taken long term and some patients may experience side effects, including dizziness, headaches, or sexual dysfunction. One-quarter of men stop taking BPH medicine for reasons such as being unhappy with side effects or not getting enough relief of symptoms, so that is when we will work with you to consider other treatments.
UroLift. A minimally invasive procedure, UroLift uses tiny implants placed through the urethra to lift and hold the enlarged prostate out of the way. Clinical results show that UroLift is a safe and effective way to relieve the urinary symptoms of BPH without impacting sexual function. Multiple studies documenting the effectiveness of UroLift in treating BPH without causing side effects as well as patient satisfaction studies can be found here.
Thermotherapies. Heat energy from microwave or radiofrequency are used to destroy prostate tissue. Thermotherapies are less invasive than TURP surgery and give moderate symptom relief for some patients. Men may have temporary swelling and urinary symptoms immediately after treatment.
TURP surgery. Either using a laser or through conventional surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) involves removing or vaporizing prostate tissue under general anesthesia. In the short term, recovery can involve swelling, bleeding, infection, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, and patients need a catheter for several days. Sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence can be long-term side effects of TURP surgery.
How UroLift Works
To relieve BPH symptoms without negatively impacting sexual function, Foothills Urology now offers UroLift to directly open the urethra by lifting enlarged prostate tissue away, much like tying back a window curtain. Unlike other procedures, UroLift does not remove any prostate tissue.
The enlarged prostate pushes in on the urethra, interfering with normal urine flow.
The UroLift Device is placed through the urethra, pushing aside the prostate tissue. Tiny permanent implants are delivered through the urethra into each side of the prostate, leaving the urethra unblocked.
The UroLift delivery device is removed, leaving the implants in place. With the urethra restored to normal, urinary symptoms such as frequency, hesitancy, and urgency are relieved.