If you’ve ever awakened umpteen times during the night to urinate, you might be wondering why it’s happening? You might be dealing with an enlarged prostate – a common problem that affects an estimated 50 percent of men over 50, and as many as 90 percent of men over 80.
The exact cause of prostate enlargement isn’t known, but the biggest risk factor for developing the condition is age, and the risk increases with each passing year. However, having a family history, suffering from erectile dysfunction, and certain medical conditions (including obesity) can also put you at greater risk.
If your enlarged prostate is affecting your quality of life, it’s time to take action. One possible solution is a minimally invasive procedure known as UroLift® – a simple outpatient procedure that can bring relief almost immediately.
What is BPH – Enlarged Prostate
BPH stands for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – a progressive, non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Over time, as a man ages, their prostate gland naturally grows larger. Early on, no symptoms may be present, but as the prostate tissue continues to grow, it can begin to constrict the flow of urine through the urethra, forcing the bladder to contract with more force and frequency.
As the urethra continues to narrow, the bladder may weaken, and urine won’t be completely emptied. Eventually, a full blockage can occur. If left untreated, an enlarged prostate can lead to permanent bladder damage.
Symptoms of BPH
How do you know if you might have an enlarged prostate, or BPH? Some of the most common symptoms and signs include:
Frequent urination (including at night)
An urgent need to urinate
Difficulty starting urination
A weak flow of urine, or a stream that starts and stops
Dribbling at the end of urination
Burning or pain during urination
An inability to completely empty the bladder
Straining to urinate
Less common symptoms of an enlarged prostate may include:
Inability to urinate
Blood in the urine
Urinary tract infection
Keep in mind that not everyone with an enlarged prostate will have all these symptoms. Also, with BPH, symptoms also worsen over time. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, tell your doctor immediately. And, if you experience a sudden inability to urinate, seek medical help immediately.
Patient Benefits of
the UroLift® Procedure
Having a minimally invasive treatment option for an enlarged prostate is a breakthrough for patients who don’t want to undergo traditional surgery. And the FDA-approved UroLift® procedure offers many additional advantages. For one, UroLift® treats the blockage itself – not just the BPH symptoms.
What is UroLift®?
The UroLift® System utilizes the latest in medical technology advancements to offer BPH patients a less invasive treatment option that can help relieve symptoms quickly.
During the UroLift® procedure, a special delivery device is inserted into the blocked urethra, allowing the specially trained urologist to access the enlarged prostate. Tiny UroLift® implants are then placed to lift and hold the prostate tissue out of the way of the obstructed urethra, increasing the opening. The implants which compress the prostate tissue are permanent, allowing for complete, reliable symptom relief.
The UroLift® procedure is performed under anesthesia, and it takes only 10 minutes. Patients can usually go home that same day.
Candidates for the UroLift® procedure include men ages 45 and older who don’t want to undergo invasive BPH treatments or to take medications which may have unwanted side effects.
Meet Our Doctor
Dr. Brian Richardson is a urologist at Jackson Hospital. He attended medical school at St. George’s School of Medicine, completed an internship at the University of Florida at Shands Hospital, and completed his residency training at Tulane University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Richardson is a member of the American Urological Association and the American College of Surgeons. His special practice interests include performing minimally invasive urologic surgery using robotic, laparoscopic, percutaneous, and endourologic techniques.
Dr. Richardson has performed numerous UroLift® procedures with great success.