An enlarged prostate is one of the main conditions predisposing men to many reproductive concerns. This organ m squeezes the urethra, thus limiting urine flow. Fortunately, specialists at Bellingham Urology Group offer revolutionary treatment options, including urolift® Mount Vernon, to help resolve benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
What is UroLift?
The UroLift System is an effective treatment for enlarged prostate. This straightforward procedure involves the use of a UroLift device which your doctor will place through the compressed urethra to access the problematic prostate.
The UroLift device accesses the enlarged prostate via the urethra. The next step involves delivering small implants to lift and hold prostate tissue out of the way, thus eliminating any blockage in the urethra.
Reasons to get UroLift
The most popular patients for UroLift are men over 50. Although this treatment offers an effective solution to a blocked urethra from an enlarged prostate, your doctor may first recommend conservative approaches, including medication, to minimize treatment risks. However, the failure of conservative approaches to provide desired results will necessitate the UroLift procedure.
How does UroLift Work?
The great thing about UroLift is the conservative nature of the procedure. Your doctor will not cut or use heat to destroy prostate tissue. Instead, the treatment uses implants to back the tissue to optimize urine flow via the urethra. The therapeutic nature of UroLift ensures that patients undergo minimal procedural risks.
Why you need UroLift treatment
Most men seek treatment for their enlarged prostate due to the negative impact of the condition on their quality of life. Limited urine flow can lead to discomfort that hinders optimal productivity. Doctors recommend UroLift treatment to relieve younger patients from painful urinary concerns while preserving ejaculation for reproductive benefits.
UroLift treatment happens in-office and is possible using local anesthesia. This minimally invasive procedure ensures faster recovery and returns to daily activities.
What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
BPH (also referred to as benign prostatic hypertrophy) is a condition affecting men and involves excessive growth of the prostate resulting in an enlarged organ. A larger-than-normal prostate can squeeze your urethra, causing urinary complications like blockage and reduced urine flow.
Anatomy of the Prostate
Patient education on benign prostatic hypertrophy involves a review of the anatomy of the prostate to help you understand the association between limited urine flow and an enlarged prostate. The prostate sits below the bladder around the urethra. Excess prostate growth causes compressions to the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body, causing limited urine flow that may cause pain and discomfort.
Effective ways to recognize benign prostatic hypertrophy
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of BPH will lead to an early diagnosis and treatment. Moreover, your BPH experience may be unique, requiring a patient-centered approach to effective treatment. The following are typical signs of BPH:
- Difficulty passing urine
- Urine leakages
- A sudden need to urinate
- Frequent nighttime urination
Accurate detection of an enlarged prostate relies on routine rectal examination. Your doctor will leverage tests like urinalysis, a urine study flow, a cystoscopy, or a transrectal ultrasound to detect signs of a blocked urethra due to an enlarged prostate. Contact Bellingham Urology Group to find out if you are a candidate for UroLift to treat your enlarged prostate and restore urine flow.