Urologists Carolyn Fronczak, MD, and Stephen Siegel, MD, are part of a select group of U.S. physicians who perform the minimally invasive UroLift® System Treatment to relieve enlarged prostate (BPH) symptoms. This article explains BPH, the UroLift® Treatment, and answers frequently asked questions from patients. Physician profiles and contact information are listed below; please don’t hesitate to contact the offices of Drs. Fronczak or Siegel with questions.
What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men age. BPH is a common condition affecting over 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide. Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH.1 While BPH is a benign condition unrelated to prostate cancer; it can significantly affect a man’s quality of life.
As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- A weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist. 2
You can measure your BPH symptoms’ severity by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire.
- Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
- IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013
The UroLift® System Treatment: What is the UroLift System?
Treatment with the UroLift® System uses a minimally invasive approach that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH symptoms.¹ It is an earlier treatment option to get men off BPH medications and avoid major surgery. The UroLift System treatment goal is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities.
The UroLift® System treatment has demonstrated a significant improvement in the quality of life for patients that is greater than reported for medications.2,3 The UroLift® System is the only BPH procedure shown not to cause new and lasting erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction* while being a safe and effective treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH. 1,3-6
How Does The UroLift® System Work?
The UroLift® System uses a revolutionary approach to treating BPH that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only available BPH treatment performed by a urologist that does not require heating, cutting, or removing the prostate tissue. The procedure is typically performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office or ambulatory surgery center. Patients usually return home the same day without a catheter.1
- Roehrborn, J Urol 2013, L.I.F.T. Study
- AUA Guidelines 2003
- Roehrborn et al. Can J Urol 2017
- Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2015, 3-Year L.I.F.T. Study
- Roehrborn, Urology Practice 2015, 2-Year L.I.F.T. Study
- Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016*No instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for the UroLift® System treatment?
You may be a good candidate if you are a male, 45 years of age or older, and have symptoms relating to BPH. Speak with your urologist to see if the UroLift® System treatment is proper for you. If you have a known allergy to nickel, titanium, or stainless steel, talk to your doctor before getting a UroLift System treatment.
What should I expect during the treatment? Is it painful? How long does it take?
If you and your doctor decide that the UroLift® System treatment is proper for you, your doctor will provide you with more detailed information relating to the treatment. The UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor will use the UroLift Delivery Device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate that is pressing on your urethra. The procedure, which usually takes about an hour, may be performed under local or general anesthesia, and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. This typically helps minimize discomfort during the procedure, though everyone’s definition of pain and discomfort varies greatly. Naturally, no catheter and no overnight stay are required post-treatment.1
What happens post-treatment during the recovery period? Are medications required?
After the treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime post-treatment, and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as two weeks. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. The most common side effects are mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate, and the inability to control the urge. Most symptoms resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Does the treatment affect my sexual function?
Clinical studies have shown that the UroLift® System treatment does not cause new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction.1 The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.1-4
Does my insurance cover the treatment?
Medicare and all major private insurers cover the UroLift® System treatment. Contact your insurance provider for your specific coverage information.
- Roehrborn, J Urology 2013 LIFT Study
- AUA BPH Guidelines 2003, 2010, 2018
- Naspro, Eur Urol 2009
- Montorsi, J Urol 2008
Talking to Your Doctor About BPH
BPH is a prevalent condition and is one of the leading reasons men visit a urologist. Whether you have just started experiencing symptoms or if you’ve tried various medications or even surgery, there are a range of treatment options available. Before you visit the doctor’s office, you can take this confidential BPH Symptom Quiz, designed by the American Urological Association, to determine the severity of your symptoms.
We will discuss your symptoms together to decide which treatment option is best for you. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your BPH symptoms with Carolyn Froinczak, MD, or Stephen Siegel, MD. Please get in touch with us at (303) 440-3093.
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Stephen Siegel, MD
A board-certified urologist, Stephen Siegel, MD, addresses the full spectrum of adult urology. Available for appointments in Boulder and Louisville.