The prostatic urethral lift (PUL) procedure using the Urolift® device is now available with our consultant urologist Mr Stephen Gordon at Spire St Anthony's Hospital. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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About Mr Gordon

Mr S J  Gordon Urology Consultant, Sutton, private hospital specialist.

Mr. Gordon was born and grew up locally before training initially at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and then specialising in Urology throughout the South East of England gaining wide experience of all urological conditions and treatments.

He undertook a fellowship in the treatment of kidney stones at Guys & St.Thomas’ Hospital and has extensive experience and is able to offer all forms of treatment for urinary stone disease including holmium laser treatment, shock wave lithotripsy and keyhole surgery for larger kidney stones. Click here to read more

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.

For more information or to book an appointment

Please call us on 020 8335 4646 or email info@spirestanthonys.com

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