Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, is now able to offer patients an innovative new treatment for enlarged prostates.The prostatic urethral lift (PUL) procedure using the UroLift® device is now available at Spire Tunbridge Wells with Mr Alastair Henderson, consultant urologist.
Do you suffer from the following symptoms?
Urgent/ frequent need to urinate both day and night
A weak or slow urinary stream
Difficulty fully emptying the bladder
Difficulty or delay in starting urination
A urinary stream that starts and stops
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.
For some, the symptoms will be mild and not require treatment, however for others the symptoms may have a significant impact on their quality of life.
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.
Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital is now offering patients a new treatment using the UroLift® device. This minimally invasive treatment system opens the blocked urethra by lifting or holding prostate tissue out of the way. Unlike other treatments to combat enlarged prostates, UroLift® does not involve cutting, heating or removing any prostate tissue, which can cause long term side effects such as erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and retrograde ejaculation (dry orgasm). The aim of UroLift®is to offer patients relief from symptoms caused by BPH and help them return to normal activity in days rather than weeks and months.
The procedure is very quick, usually taking approximately 45 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.
Benefits of UroLift® treatment:
Patients may prefer to have the UroLift® treatment because:
- It requires no overnight stay
- It preserves sexual function, in particular maintaining normal ejaculation and sensation
- They can return to normal daily activities soon after treatment
- They experience meaningful symptom relief
- It is less invasive than certain established methods