Urolift® Surgery for Enlarged Prostates

The prostatic urethral lift (PUL) procedure using the Urolift® device is now available with our consultant urological surgeons at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital. 

Consultants offering this procedure at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital:

Mr James Armitage
Mr Samih Hayek
Mr Nikesh Thiruchelvam
Mr Tevita Aho

Do You Suffer From the Following Symptoms?

  • Frequent need to urinate during the day and night
  • Weak or slow urinary stream
  • A sense that you cannot completely 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. Over 500 million men in the world have a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that causes the prostate to enlarge. The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra, the tube that drains urine from the body. BPH is a non-cancerous (benign) growth of the prostate that occurs as men age. When the enlarged prostate presses on the urethra, it can cause bothersome urinary symptoms.nt

Now, there is a minimally invasive option for patients looking for an alternative to drugs or major surgery. The UroLift System treatment opens up the blocked urethra by lifting the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.

Urolift information for patients:

The Procedure

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.

Benefits of Urolift® treatment:

Patients may prefer to have the Urolift® treatment because:

  • It requires no overnight stay
  • It is the only surgical procedure for BPH to preserve sexual function
  • They can return to normal daily activities soon after treatment
  • They experience meaningful symptom relief 
  • It is less invasive than certain estbalished methods


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Consultants offering this procedure at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital:

Mr James Armitage
Mr Samih Hayek
Mr Nikesh Thiruchelvam
Mr Tevita Aho 

Treatment cost

Following your initial consultation and diagnostic tests the Urolift procedure is available as an inclusive care package at £5989.


For further information please contact us on 01223 266929 or email us at info@spirecambridge.com 

Insured Patients
Simply visit your GP and ask them to refer you to Spire Cambridge Lea hospital. Your GP will write a letter of referral and then either you or your GP can contact us to arrange your first out-patient appointment on 01223 266990.

Self Pay Patients
For most self-pay treatments, you’ll need a GP referral letter to bring to your first appointment. Simply call us on 01223 266929 to request a guide price or to discuss your personal situation or email info@spirecambridge.com

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