Urolift is a new treatment led by Mr Neil Barber to treat enlarged prostates. This minimally-invasive treatment works by holding the prostate tissue out of the way to open up the blocked urethra. The procedure is performed as a day case, usually taking less than thirty minutes with the patient under sedation or a light anaesthetic.
During the procedure the Urolift system will be inserted into the urethra through the tip of the penis using endoscopic guidance. Then a fine needle passes up the urethra and into the prostate gland. Small implants attach to each side of the prostate and pull back the sides to stop the prostate pushing on the urethra, allowing urine to pass through freely.
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.
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 allowing them to be permanent.
The benefits of Urolift for most patients is it preserves sexual function, in particular maintaining normal ejaculation and sensation and they can return to normal daily activities soon after treatment. As with all medical procedures there is an element of risk and the consultant will talk through this with the patient.