For nearly 5 decades, prostate gland surgery is an option available to men who have an enlarged prostate or have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Although there are medications that are used to treat enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, for many men, according to. However, if symptoms are not relieved through medicine, a doctor may recommend prostate gland surgery as necessary. These medications known as alpha blockers are associated with side effects that include erectile dysfunction, problems with ejaculation, dizziness and fainting (which is rare), and adverse events of mixing the alpha blockers with other medications that a middle aged man might be taking.

Now there is a minimally invasive procedure that can be accomplished in the doctor’s office that does not require surgery. This article will discuss the UroLift, or a minimally invasive treatment that relieves the symptoms of the enlarged prostate gland without surgery.

The UroLift system involves a permanent implant that pulls back tissue to improve urine flow. It is very similar to pulling back the curtains to increase the opening in the prostate that will allow fluid to go easily from the bladder to the outside of the body. (Figure 1 shows how the concept of the UroLift works before and after UroLift)

Figure 1

The UroLift procedure can be done in the doctor’s office with a local anesthetic. Most men can leave without a catheter and have improved results in their urinary symptoms within two weeks.

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