Concord Hospital Offers UroLift to Treat Enlarged Prostate
Enlarged prostate commonly causes urinary problems as men age. Concord Hospital Urologic Institute offers a treatment that is less invasive and causes fewer side effects for certain men.
The prostate encircles the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. An enlarged prostate squeezes the urethra, restricting urine flow and sometimes causing complications such as urinary retention, infection or kidney issues.
UroLift helps urologists spread the lobes of an enlarged prostate relieving pressure on the urethra and thereby improving urine flow. In the procedure, small UroLift implants are fitted through the enlarged prostate, holding the tissue out of the way and increasing the opening of the urethra.
"Urolift is an exciting, approach to prostate problems,” said Dr. Ronald Yap, Director of Men's Health and UroLift surgeon. “As our population ages, more men are interested in alternatives to lifelong medication. Though other surgical options exist, patients are looking for less invasive options with less downtime and side effects. For appropriate patients, I think Urolift is a game-changer."
Patients can go home on the same day as the procedure.
An enlarged prostate also is treated with medication and surgeries that reduce the size of the prostate. UroLift is less invasive than commonly employed procedures, has fewer side effects and offers much shorter recovery time — one-to-two weeks instead of four-to-eight. In many cases, UroLift patients also can stop taking prostate medications. Some side effects of surgical treatment and medication include problems with sexual function.
Patients eligible for UroLift include those with moderately sized prostates. More complicated conditions might require other techniques to address the enlargement.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call Concord Hospital Urologic Institute at (603) 224-3388.