The Urolift® system is inserted into the urethra through the tip of the penis, using endoscopic guidance. A fine needle is then passed up the urethra through the prostate and small implants, connected together by suture material, then attach to each side of the prostate tissue and pull back to stop the prostate gland pushing on the urethra, allowing urine to pass through freely. This treatment is possible because the prostate gland tissue is comprised of a series of ducts, which make it compressible.
Typically, the procedure involves placement of at least four implants, but depending on the size of the prostate and the location of the growth, more or less implants may be required.
The procedure is very quick, usually taking less than thirty minutes under sedation or a light general anaesthetic. Patients are normally able to leave the hospital within a few hours of the operation and can return to normal activity as soon as they feel confident to do so. Patients have experienced symptom relief as early as two weeks post operation. The implants are made from surgical stainless steel which resists corrosion and allows them to be permanent.
Steps of the Procedure
Step 1: The UroLift delivery device is placed through the urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
Step 2: Small implants are permanently placed to lift the enlarged prostate out of the way and increase the urethral opening. The implants are delivered through a needle that comes out of the UroLift delivery device and into the prostate.
Step 3: The UroLift delivery device is removed, leaving a more open urethra to provide symptom relief.