The UroLift® system received NICE approval in 2014. It is a proven surgical option for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to an enlarged prostate due to BPH.
The treatment works by using small implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so that it no longer blocks the urethra, resulting in improved urine flow and fewer symptoms.UroLift® does not destroy the prostate tissue, meaning that it does not cause erectile dysfunction or permanent urinary incontinence.
As it is a minimally invasive procedure it can be done either under a short general anaesthetic or under sedation. In addition, it can be done as a day case meaning that patients can return home without the need for a catheter on the day of procedure. Normal daily activities can be recommenced soon after treatment.
For men older than 50 years, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common prostate problem. UroLift&reeg; is an alternative for patients looking for something other than drug therapy or more invasive surgery. Treatment might be right for you if any of the following apply to you:
- You do not want to take another pill every day?
- You have tried BPH medication but are unhappy with the side effects?
- You do not want to undergo major surgery due to potential surgical risks of side effects and complications?
- You want a treatment that preserves your sexual function? You want to regain your quality of life with minimal recovery time?
Urolift® is available at The Churchill Hospital, Oxford and The Manor Hospital, Oxford and The Horton Hospital, Banbury. Mr Crew performs the surgery to treat men in both his private and NHS practices.