What is the UroLift Procedure?
The UroLift procedure is a minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate, or BPH, that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
Clinical data has shown UroLift to be safe and effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function. This includes:
- Urinating more often, especially at night
- A weak urine stream
- Trouble starting the flow of urine
- Starting and stopping again when urinating
- Not emptying your bladder completely
- Sudden urges to urinate
- Leaking or dribbling after you urinate
- Straining to urinate
How the UroLift Procedure Works
Enlarged Prostate: An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow.
The UroLift Device and a camera are used to deliver the implants that will hold the prostate tissue out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra.
Advantages of the UroLift procedure:
- Rapid symptom relief, better than reported for medications
- Risk profile better than reported for surgical procedures such as TURP
- Preservation of sexual function
- Return to normal activity in days not months
- Increased quality of life
- No ongoing BPH medications
- 19 clinical study publications; 5 years published clinical data
UroLift Procedure Video Overview
Visit with your Urologist
Your doctor can help you decide if UroLift is right for you. A few tests must be done prior to treatment. Schedule an appointment today.
Treatment is a minimally invasive procedure conducted in-office. After the treatment, almost all patients go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime post-treatment and many patients experience symptom improvement in as early as two weeks.
BPH symptoms may improve in two to four weeks.
Can any urologist perform UroLift for BPH?
Any urologist with Urology San Antonio can help determine if UroLift is right for you and complete the tests prior to the procedure. At this time, the Urology San Antonio providers with special training to perform this procedure include Drs. Christopher Cantrill, Judy Farias, John Lavin, Douglas Russell, and Kyle Weld.
How long does UroLift last?
Over 100K procedures have been performed across the US and the clinical trials looking at outcomes showed 90 percent of men never needed another procedure.
Is the UroLift procedure covered by insurance?
UroLift is covered by most insurances to treat BPH, including Medicare.
Is the UroLift Procedure more cost-effective than medication?
General out-of-pocket pricing on typical BPH medication can cost a patient more than $2400 per year. Since the majority of patients will be able to utilize insurance, the UroLift procedure does make it more cost-effective. Additionally, having a procedure removes the worry of scheduling, refilling, or side effects of medications.
What clinical data is available for the UroLift System?
Randomized 5 year clinical data has been presented in peer-reviewed publications demonstrating that the procedure is safe and effective. Clinical studies have been conducted in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.