It is something that a lot of men suffer with but doctors say it is important that they don’t dry up when it comes to talking about ‘pee problems’.
So when 67-year-old Anthony Rose noticed a slow flow when passing urine he went straight to his GP for medical advice.
Now, after having a UroLift system fitted, he is keen to tell ‘men a certain age’ that they don’t have to suffer in silence.
“I can’t believe how well it has worked,” said Anthony, who lives in Lincolnshire. “I would advise anyone suffering from urinary problems to have this operation as soon as they can.”
Following tests carried out by his GP, Anthony was prescribed medication which worked well for almost four years. However, when that started to lose its effect he began to look at surgical options.
“I did a lot of research but, to be honest, I wasn’t convinced by the most commonly used procedure TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) a surgical procedure that involves cutting away a section of the prostate that is pushing against the bladder and urethra (the tube that carries urine to the penis).
“When I came across the UroLlift system I knew that was what I wanted – it meant I would have to ‘go private’ but I worked out the cost of the operation was about the same amount as the average car loses in depreciation in just one year.”
“Once I looked at it that way it was a ‘no-brainer’ really,” he said.
Despite living in Lincolnshire, with wife of 40 years Frances, Anthony’s research led him to Spire Clare Park Hospital in Farnham, Surrey, and to Consultant Urologist Mr Neil Barber.
“I was very thorough in my research and, in my opinion, it was time well spent as I don’t think I could have found a better man for the job,” said Anthony.
Mr Barber has been performing UroLift procedures for over three years, and describes it as ‘a truly groundbreaking treatment’.
He said: “Mr Rose was looking for a surgical solution that would improve his symptoms with minimal recovery time and absolutely no detrimental impact on his sex life – in my opinion UroLift can reliably tick all those boxes.
"Up to now, men with BPH have had two options. One is lifelong drug treatment which is less effective than surgery and has possible side effects including sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches.
“The other is cutting away parts of the prostate – a procedure known as TURP - that is really good at relieving the symptoms but has a significant chance of causing problems with sexual functions.
“Following treatment, the norm is that men and their partners are delighted with what usually amounts to a rapid return to normal activity and significant improvement in symptoms.”
“The results,” said Anthony, who works for the Witness Support Service, “were almost immediate. I had an overnight stay in hospital and the day after that my wife was dragging me round the shops before I found myself ‘volunteering’ to mow my son’s lawn.”
“Within a week I had stopped taking the medication and was passing urine as well as before the problem started. I’m also pleased to report that it has had no detrimental effect at all on my sex life.”