Some patients prefer not to take medication regularly or have experienced side effects from the medication and want to explore other options. Other patients may notice that the medication no longer has the initial symptomatic relief. In this scenario, they may be a candidate for a new treatment called Urolift, following assessment by an accredited urologist trained in the Urolift procedure. There are a number of urologists at Strathfield private hospital providing this service.
Urolift is small permanent retractor (anchor) that a urologist places into the enlarged prostate lobe to hold the prostate tissue out of the way allowing easier passage of urine flow for the patient. Using a cystoscope, around, 4-5 urolift anchors are placed per patient (depending on the size of the prostate gland). There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
It is a minimally invasive procedure, which means the patients generally recover faster (most patients are able to go home the next day),than the traditional TURP (Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate) technique. TURP still remains the gold standard technique for treating an enlarged prostate . Other suitable alternatives include laser prostate surgery which have similar durable functional outcomes to TURP.