Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects approximately half of all men between the ages of 51 and 60. As the prostate grows with age, it can start to squeeze the urethra and interfere with daily activities. It’s usually not a serious health condition; instead it’s more annoying than anything. Symptoms can include:
- Unable to start and stop urine stream
- Urge to urinate
- Weak urine stream
- Feeling like the bladder isn’t empty after urinating
New treatment is available at UT Health Northeast to help patients with BPH.
What is the UroLift® System?
For patients who want an alternative to drug therapy or surgery, there’s UroLift®. This is a new way to treat BPH, more commonly known as enlarged prostate. During the UroLift® procedure, small, permanent implants are inserted without cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue. The implants help lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue so it’s out of the way and no longer blocks the urethra. This technique relieves pressure on the urethra and allows better flow when urinating. Best of all, there is less downtime for patients.
Research shows that UroLift® is safe and effective. The goal is to relieve urinary symptoms so patients can get back to living life without concern.
What are the Benefits of UroLift®?
Studies show that treatment with UroLift® offers a similar level of symptom relief as other BPH procedures and it is very safe.
What are the Side Effects of Treatment?
The common side effects, which include some blood in the urine, painful urination, urgency, pelvic ache, and possibly some urge incontinence, usually fade in four weeks or less.
How Do I Know if UroLift® is Right for Me?
BPH patients may be candidates for UroLift® if they are:
- Looking for an an alternative to drugs
- Avoiding major surgery
- Unhappy with or have stopped taking medications
Who Performs the UroLift® Procedure?
Dr. Andrew Roberts is a urology expert who is trained to perform the UroLift® procedure. Please make an appointment by calling (903) 877-7826. During your visit, our team will do a few simple examinations, including a cystoscopy to look in the bladder. These exams will help us determine if you are a candidate for the procedure based on your specific symptoms and anatomy.
Specialties:Urology /Surgery /
Dr. Andrew Roberts comes from a family dedicated to medicine. Inspired by his physician father, Dr. Roberts chose urology to help men and women who suffer from conditions related to the function of the urinary system. From incontinence to kidney stones, as well as prostate and kidney cancers, he has the expert training and experience to help improve the conditions and lives of his patients through medication and surgical intervention when appropriate.