urolift® SYSTEM FAQs
What is the UroLift System?
The UroLift® System is an FDA-cleared, minimally invasive treatment for BPH. It uses implants without incisions during an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. The implants hold the enlarged prostate out of the way to relieve miserable symptoms.
The UroLift® System is safe, straightforward, and will allow urine to flow normally again without cutting, heating, or removing tissue. Recovery time is minimal, and patients will experience an improved quality of life quickly. Clinical data shows that patients report lasting improvement of their symptoms and urine stream without compromising sexual function.
What is BPH?
BPH, also known as “benign prostatic hyperplasia”. It is also called prostate gland enlargement, benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP, BPE), benign prostatic hypertrophy, and/or benign prostatic obstruction. BPH occurs when the prostate gland enlarges, and it is noncancerous (benign).
The enlarged prostate presses against and constricts the urethra which thickens the bladder wall and weakens the ability to fully empty the bladder causing many common BPH symptoms.
What are the symptoms of BPH?
Frequent urination is the most common symptom; however, others include:
- Feeling a full bladder even after urinating
- Feeling the urgent and sudden need to urinate
- Weak urine stream
- Stopping and starting while urinating
- Trouble beginning to urinate
- Straining during urination
If you are unable to urinate at all, this is a critical medical emergency, and you should seek immediate help.
How long does the procedure take?
The UroLift® System is a breakthrough, minimally invasive treatment that typically takes less than an hour and can offer multiple benefits for men with an enlarged prostate.
What is the expected recovery time?
After treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime post-treatment, and many patients experience symptom relief within two weeks.
How does UroLift® compare to other BPH treatment options?
UroLift® is a safe and effective treatment for symptoms related to BPH. Its risk profile is better than most traditional surgical options, and patients report symptom relief better than reported solely with medication.1
Will UroLift® cause erectile dysfunction?
In the larger, pivotal study on the UroLift® System, there were no instances of new, sustained erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory dysfunction. 1 The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, or medication.
How long does the UroLift® last?
The implants are intended to be permanent and are made up of standard surgical implantable materials. If ever needed, your doctor can remove them. The suture can be cut, and the urethral end piece can be retrieved with a standard grasper. The capsular tab will remain in place inside the body.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects reported in clinical studies were mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate, and/or the inability to control the urge to urinate. Most symptoms resolved within two to four weeks after having the procedure. 1
Does Medicare cover UroLift®? What does UroLift® cost?
Yes! The UroLift® System is covered by Medicare and many private insurers. Contact your provider for more specific coverage information.
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How can I learn more about the UroLift® System?
You can visit the UroLift® website to view more frequently asked questions.
1. Roehrborn, 2015 Urology Practice, 2-Year Results L.I.F.T. Study
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