Frequently Asked Questions About the UroLift System
Q: WHAT IS THE UROLIFT® SYSTEM?
The UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment designed to treat lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Q: HOW DOES THE UROLIFT SYSTEM WORK?
The UroLift System consists of a delivery device and tiny permanent implants. FDA cleared in 2013, this unique technology works by directly opening the urethra with tiny implants that hold the enlarged tissue out of the way, like tiebacks on a window curtain. No cutting, heating, or ablating tissue is involved, making the UroLift System the first and only BPH treatment that does not remove prostate tissue and does not negatively impact a man’s sexual function.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF THE UROLIFT SYSTEM TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
The UroLift System is a proven treatment option for BPH patients who are looking for an alternative to BPH medications or major surgery and their side effects. The UroLift System is appropriate for patients seeking a minimally invasive treatment and who are concerned about preserving their sexual function and their quality of life.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE UROLIFT SYSTEM 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 may be performed under local or general anesthesia and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay is required post-treatment.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE RECOVERY PERIOD?
There is minimal downtime post-treatment and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as two weeks. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. After the treatment, a large majority of patients do not require a post-operative catheter. The most common side effects may include light blood in the urine, some pain or discomfort when urinating, some increased urge to go, and discomfort in the pelvis that typically resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.¹,²,³
Your doctor will discuss with you how quickly you can return to your normal physical activities.
Q: WILL HAVING THE UROLIFT SYSTEM TREATMENT AFFECT MY SEXUAL FUNCTION?
Sexual function has been preserved among the hundreds of patients treated in our clinical studies.1,2,3,4,5 This is a unique benefit of the UroLift System treatment compared with other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.
Q: IS THE TREATMENT PERMANENT?
The UroLift Implant is a permanent implant, and the treatment is intended to be permanent. One unique aspect of the UroLift System is that it does not preclude retreatment or other BPH treatments, should that be needed and desired in the future.
Q: IS UROLIFT COVERED BY MY HEALTH PLAN?
If your doctor determines that you’re an appropriate candidate for the treatment, the physician’s office staff can work with you and your health plan to determine your healthcare benefits specific to the UroLift System procedure. Click here to learn more about Tennessee Urology’s insurance and financial policies.
Q: DOES MEDICARE COVER THE UROLIFT SYSTEM?
Yes, all Medicare carriers provide benefits for the UroLift System when medically necessary.
Q: WHO PERFORMS THE UROLIFT SYSTEM TREATMENT?
Tennesee Urology has many specially trained urologists experienced in treating men with BPH and the UroLift System. Click HERE for a list of UroLift providers or Call 865-351-6644 to schedule an appointment with one of our urologists.
- Roehrborn, 2016 Urology Clinics
- Roehrborn, 2015 Can J Urology, 3-Year Results L.I.F.T Study
- Roehrborn, 2015 Urology Practice, 2-Year Results L.I.F.T. Study
- Roehrborn, 2013 Journal of Urology, L.I.F.T Study
- McVary, 2014 Journal of Sexual Medicine, Preservation of sexual function with the prostatic urethral lift