Urinary incontinence can be a result of many issues. One of those can be when an enlarged prostate tissue blocks the urethra, which blocks the flow of urine. This issue is known as BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia. UroLift works to correct the position of this tissue and unblock the urine flow.
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
Many people who are diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may not truly understand what this is. BPH is a prostate condition where the prostate gland enlarges and causes urination issues due to blocking or reduction of urine flow. This can lead to frequent urination, sudden urges to urinate, the inability to urinate, or discomfort throughout the day.
What are the symptoms of BPH?
There are a number of common symptoms that can help diagnose BPH. If you experience one or more of the following, we suggest consulting your doctor.
Symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia include:
- General bladder discomfort
- Urinary leakage
- Frequent urination throughout the night
- Unable to urinate
- Sudden urges to urinate
BPH can generally be diagnosed through methods such as a rectal examination, urinalysis, or urine study flow.
What is UroLift?
UroLift is a procedure that uses tiny implants to lift and hold up the enlarged prostate so that urine can flow freely from the urethra. This procedure does not include any cutting or removal of prostate tissue.
How UroLift Helps Urinary Incontinence
As BPH blocks the bladder with enlarged prostate tissue and causes urinary incontinence, UroLift solves that issue by unblocking that urine flow. Creating a passage for urine and improving the urine flow should treat one’s urinary incontinence.
What to Expect from the Procedure
UroLift procedures can be done safely in an outpatient or inpatient setting. Patients can expect implants, but no cutting, removal, or heating of body tissues. Tissue that blocks the urethra is compressed by implants that help improve the flow of urine. This procedure will then help relieve troublesome urinary symptoms.
Who is a UroLift Candidate?
UroLift is often recommended for men older than 50 years old who do not want to take a daily medication. However, men younger than 50 are also viable candidates for UroLift as well.
If you think you may be experiencing BPH or want to learn more about UroLift, feel free to contact us so we can help answer your questions.