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Urolift & Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

If you're experiencing symptoms like frequent urination, difficulty starting or stopping urination, or a weak urine stream, you might have BPH. Let's explore what BPH is and how surgical treatments like Urolift and TURP can help.


What is BPH?


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition where the prostate gland enlarges as men age. This enlargement can squeeze the urethra, causing urinary symptoms. It's important to note that BPH is not cancerous, but it can significantly affect your quality of life.

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Symptoms of BPH
 

BPH can cause a variety of urinary symptoms, including:

Frequent Urination: Needing to urinate more often, especially at night.
Urgency: Feeling a sudden, urgent need to urinate.
Weak Stream: Difficulty starting or maintaining a steady urine stream.
Incomplete Emptying: Feeling like you haven't fully emptied your bladder.
Straining: Difficulty starting urination, accompanied by straining.

Surgical Treatment Options for BPH
When BPH symptoms become bothersome and interfere with daily life, surgical intervention may be necessary. Two common surgical treatments for BPH are Urolift and Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP).

Urolift

 

What is Urolift?

Urolift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses small implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue away from the urethra. This helps to relieve the pressure on the urethra, allowing for better urine flow.

 

How is Urolift performed?

 

During the Urolift procedure:

Placement of Implants

The urologist inserts a cystoscope (a thin tube with a camera) through the urethra to reach the prostate.

Insertion of Implants

Tiny implants are placed to hold the prostate tissue apart, creating an opening for urine to flow

Benefits of Urolift:

  • Minimally invasive with no cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue.

  • Rapid symptom relief.

  • Preserves sexual function.

  • Outpatient procedure with patients going home same day usually without a catheter.

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TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate)

 

What is TURP?

TURP is a traditional surgical procedure used to treat BPH by removing excess prostate tissue that's blocking the urethra.

How is TURP performed?

During the TURP procedure:

Resection of Prostate Tissue:

A resectoscope (a thin tube with a cutting loop) is inserted through the urethra to reach the prostate.

Removal of Tissue:

The surgeon trims away excess prostate tissue to widen the urethra.

 

Benefits of TURP:

  • Effective at relieving urinary symptoms.

  • Well-established procedure with long-term success.

  • Effective for larger and abnormally shaped prostates

Choosing the Right Treatment

 

The choice between Urolift and TURP depends on various factors, including the size of the prostate, your overall health, and your treatment preferences. We will work with you to determine the most suitable option for your specific needs.

Conclusion

 

If you're struggling with symptoms of BPH, surgical treatment options like Urolift and TURP can provide significant relief and improve your quality of life. Don't let BPH symptoms hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your options and take the first step toward better urinary health.

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