Relief for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
The UroLift® System treatment offers rapid, lasting relief from BPH
by Stephen Siegel, MD
Boulder Medical Center
As men age, the prostate tends to grow, a condition called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate. BPH affects nearly 40 million American men, 40 percent of whom begin to experience symptoms while in their 50’s. By age 60, over one-half of men have BPH and by age 85, the number climbs to 90 percent, according to the American Urological Association (AUA).
BPH symptoms appear because an enlarged prostate pinches the urinary tube or urethra, which carries urine from the bladder out of the body. Symptoms of a pinched urethra include: a slow, intermittent or weak urine stream; increased frequency of urination; an urgency to urinate; and the need to wake up during the night for trips to the bathroom.
A number of treatments are available for BPH. Most patients are initially treated with alpha blocker medications such as Flomax (tamsulosin). Some do well with medication alone. Patients who do not get the results they want or don’t want to take a daily medication for the rest of their lives can opt for a procedure that opens the prostate channel. Treatments range from minimally invasive office procedures to those done in a hospital.
The UroLift® System is a minimally invasive option that can treat BPH without the risks of traditional surgery. Typically a one-time, in-office procedure with local anesthesia, UroLift uses tiny implants to hold open the obstructed pathway that blocks urine flow. Most patients return home without a catheter and experience symptom relief as soon as two weeks, with studies showing durability to five years.
UroLift® is only one of several minimally invasive options available for BPH. Ask your urologist if you are a candidate for UroLift® or other in-office treatments.
About Dr. Stephen Siegel
Boulder Medical Center
Dr. Siegel addresses the full spectrum of adult urology and has performed over 3,000 No-Needle, No-Scalpel vasectomies. He also offers minimally invasive treatments for enlarged prostate, including the UroLift and Rezum procedures, which can be performed at his office in Boulder, Colo.