A New Approach to Treating BPH Without Medication, Surgery, or Sexual Side Effects
The physicians at Tennessee Urology now offer the UroLift® System for the treatment of BPH/enlarged prostate. UroLift is a minimally invasive alternative to medications and surgery to treat BPH in men deemed appropriate candidates.
BPH is a common condition in older men in which the prostate gland enlarges. An enlarged prostate can squeeze the urethra and cause difficulty with urination. It is estimated that more than half of men age 50 and older and 90 percent of men age 80 and older have BPH.
How the UroLift System Works
This minimally invasive technique lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra, relieving urinary symptoms. Permanent implants are inserted utilizing a special delivery device and act like “window curtain tie-backs,” holding the lobes of the enlarged prostate open to relieve obstruction of the urethra.
- There is no cutting, heating, or removal of prostate tissue involved.
- The UroLift delivery device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate. The small, permanent UroLift implants are delivered through a tiny needle that comes out of the UroLift delivery device and into the prostate.
- Once in place, the UroLift implants open the urethra to provide urinary symptoms relief.
- This outpatient procedure is typically performed in the physician’s office under local anesthesia.
- Patients recover from the procedure quickly and return to their normal routines with minimal downtime.
Benefits of the UroLift System
- Minimally invasive procedure with minimal downtime in normal daily activities
- Outpatient procedure which can be done under local or light sedation
- No catheter placement is needed
- The only treatment that preserves sexual function – typically, no sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory dysfunction
- Covered by almost all insurance carriers, and reduces ongoing medication costs
- Lower urinary tract symptom relief in as early as two weeks after treatment
The UroLift Alternative – No More Medications Equals a Better Quality of Life
For many men with BPH, medication is often the first line therapy, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Many BPH medications come with unwelcome side effects such as sexual dysfunction, as well as out of pocket costs for some patients. Surgical procedures to treat enlarged prostate involve using heat, lasers, or scraping the prostate. These surgical procedures can result in permanent side effects such as sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
UroLift is a safe and proven first-line treatment alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery.
The UroLift System provides fast and meaningful relief from BPH symptoms, improving the overall quality of life for men living with BPH.
Treatment Options for BPH
In addition to the UroLift® System, men with BPH have a number of other treatment options available:
For men with mild BPH with little to no symptoms, your urologist may recommend watchful waiting.
Your doctor may prescribe one or a combination of medications that can help alleviate urinary symptoms caused by enlarged prostate. These medications include alpha blockers, which relax the muscles around the neck of your bladder, making it easier to urinate, and alpha reductase inhibitors, which act to shrink the prostate. Anticholinergics may also be prescribed, which relax the bladder muscle and reduce frequency and urgency.
While medications can be helpful in relieving symptoms for some men, patients must continue taking them long-term to maintain the effects.
The REZUM® System
Rezūm® is a simple and effective office-based treatment that uses thermal energy in water vapor to reduce and shrink obstructive tissue surrounding the prostate. This minimally invasive procedure reduces the obstruction from the prostate but minimizes unwanted sexual side effects
sometimes experienced with medications or other more invasive procedures.
Laser Vaporization of the Prostate
Laser vaporization of the prostate, utilizing Greenlight™ Laser Therapy, is a technique that uses a special laser to heat and vaporize the prostate tissue that is obstructing part of the urethra. A small fiber is inserted into the urethra through a cystoscope. Laser energy is delivered through the fiber to remove the enlarged prostate tissue, restoring natural urine flow and relieving symptoms of BPH quickly.
PlasmaButton vaporization is a minimally invasive surgical option for treating BPH and removing prostate tissue that blocks the flow of urine. PlasmaButton vaporization removes prostate tissue more gently using low temperature plasma energy.
Radiofrequency (RF) Therapy
Radiofrequency (RF) Therapy, also known as Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA), is an in-office therapy utilizing targeted, low-level radio frequency energy that produces heat to effectively shrink the prostate tissue, allowing men to urinate more normally.
Surgical treatment options for BPH are often reserved for men with severe symptoms that do not find relief from less invasive therapies. These surgical treatments include transurethral vaporization of the prostate (TUVP) and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).