Prostatic Urethral Lift
A prostatic urethral lift is a surgical procedure that can relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate.
A prostatic urethral lift is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat an enlarged prostate, a condition that affects a majority of men after age 50. The goal of the procedure is to relieve pressure on the urethra by lifting and holding enlarged prostate tissue out of the way and allowing the normal flow of urine out of the body from the bladder.
If not treated, an enlarged prostate can cause:
- A slow or dribbling urine stream
- Frequent urination
- A need to urinate more than once a night
- A sudden need to urinate
What Are the Benefits of a Prostatic Urethral Lift?
Until recently, many BPH treatment options involved open surgery. However, a minimally invasive prostatic urethral lift can be performed on an outpatient basis and offers the following advantages:
- The patient likely won’t need a catheter to urinate after the procedure
- The risk of retrograde ejaculation is reduced
- It won’t harm the patient’s sexual function
Prostatic Urethral Lift Details
In a prostatic urethral lift, the urologist inserts an instrument into the obstructed urethra and directs it toward the prostate. When the instrument reaches the side wall of the prostate, it is used to insert tiny stainless steel implants into both sides of the prostate, lifting and holding the enlarged tissue away from the urethra. Once the instrument is removed, the urinary symptoms of BPH are relieved.
What to Expect With a Prostatic Urethral Lift
Because it’s a minimally invasive procedure, a prostatic urethral lift can be performed on an outpatient basis. Also, since there’s no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue involved, the main post-procedure effects are minimal pain in the pelvis and painful urination. Patients can often return to normal activities in a few days.
How Effective Is Prostatic Urethral Lift?
Many patients who undergo a prostatic urethral lift experience immediate results, with their ability to urinate and overall quality of life greatly improved.
Tampa General Hospital is a national leader in helping patients with BPH improve the quality of their lives through minimally invasive prostate surgery. We are committed to delivering patient-centered care and utilizing the latest advances in treatment.