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Could the UroLift® Procedure Be Your Solution for an Enlarged Prostate?

Feb 16, 2023
Could the UroLift® Procedure Be Your Solution for an Enlarged Prostate?
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), also referred to as an enlarged prostate gland, can cause urination problems and discomfort. If you want to treat BPH without medication or surgery, consider the UroLift® procedure. Read on to learn more.

Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) refers to an enlarged prostate gland. Your prostate gland surrounds your urethra, which means that if your prostate gland gets too big, it can cause issues associated with urination, such as the frequent urge to urinate, inability to fully empty your bladder, and difficulty urinating. 

Our board-certified urologists at Bellingham Urology Group are experts when it comes to diagnosing and treating BPH. We offer cutting-edge treatments, including the UroLift® procedure, in both our Bellingham and Mount Vernon, Washington, locations. If you’ve been diagnosed with BPH, we encourage you to give us a call so you can get relief from bothersome urinary symptoms related to BPH.

Meanwhile, read on to learn more about the UroLift procedure and see if it could be the solution for you.

The UroLift procedure

The UroLift procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no cutting or tissue removal. During the procedure 一 which is performed in-office and under local anesthesia 一 your Bellingham Urology Group provider inserts the UroLift device through your urethra. 

The device inserts two small implants that compress the excess prostate gland tissue that’s pressing on your urethra. Because these permanent implants hold the excess tissue out of the way, your urethra is opened. This improves your urine flow and preserves your sexual function without any negative impact on ejaculation. With the implants securely in place, the UroLift device is then removed. 

The UroLift procedure requires minimal downtime with temporary side effects. Because it’s not an invasive surgery, your recovery is much faster, and you can return to your daily routines quickly, often within a few days.

Is UroLift right for you?

Medication is often the first line of defense against BPH, but, alpha blockers, used to treat BPH, can cause side effects. The most common include low blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, and retrograde ejaculation. Surgery is another option, but recovery can take a few weeks depending on which surgical techniques are used.

If you don’t want to take medication for BPH or undergo surgery, you might consider treating BPH with the UroLift procedure. 

UroLift might be right for you if:

  • You’re older than 50 and frustrated with the symptoms of BPH.
  • You have urinary problems, such as leaking urine, frequent urination, inability to urinate, and discomfort while urinating.
  • You want to explore non-drug treatments for BPH.
  • You don’t have any contraindications for the procedure (e.g., a current urinary tract infection, a prostate volume larger than 100 cubic centimeters, or an allergy to nickel, titanium, or steel). 

Don’t let BPH control your life any longer. Relief is just a call or click away. Call or message the location closest to you and request an appointment to find out if the UroLift procedure is right for you.