Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that occurs in most men as they age, is the medical term for an enlarged prostate gland. Considered to be a normal part of the aging process, caused by changes in hormone balance and in cell growth, BPH is usually not a serious problem. It can, however, be problematic, causing urinary problems such as:
- Trouble getting a urine stream started and/or completely stopped (i.e. dribbling).
- Feeling like you always need to urinate, including waking up several times during the night to urinate.
- A weak urine stream.
- A sense that the bladder is not completely empty even after urination.
In more serious cases, BPH can cause the bladder to be blocked, making it impossible or extremely hard to urinate. In these cases, backed-up urine (aka urinary retention) can lead to bladder infections, kidney stones, or kidney damage.
Until relatively recently, treatment options for serious cases of BPH required medication and surgical procedures that often left patients dealing with side effects that included erection problems (i.e. ED) and retrograde ejaculation (i.e. the flow of semen backward into the bladder). That’s why the Urology Group of Princeton is excited to provide a non-surgical, minimally invasive option, called UroLift ®, as an alternative to traditional surgical methods.
Boasting a 90% success rate, the UroLift ® procedure is performed in some patients even without the need for general anesthesia. The process involves using small titanium implants in the prostate to hold obstructing tissue away from the urethra, thereby relieving the symptoms of BPH.
Although patients may experience pelvic discomfort and blood in the urine for a few days, they can usually return to regular activities within 48 hours. Data, accumulated on the procedure over the last 5 years, shows that about 10 percent of patients may need to have implants replaced. Urolift ® is reversible and insurance generally covers all costs.
If you are experiencing symptoms of BPH, please call the Urology Group of Princeton to schedule an appointment and find out if the UroLift ® procedure is right for you.