There are unfortunately a few common issues that arise as men age. One of those is trouble with urination caused by a condition called benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). During the life of a male, the prostate goes through two main growth phases. The first is during puberty when the prostate nearly doubles in size and the second happens in the young adults’ ages 20-30 when the prostate again begins to grow.
Sometimes this second episode of growth causes an enlarged prostate; this is typically detected in middle-
aged men. The enlarged prostate can cause impingement on the urethra. If the urethra is pinched, it is unable to release urine properly. With this disorder, urine retention will build up in the bladder or improper or incomplete emptying of the bladder takes place on a recurring basis. This syndrome is known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
BPH is not cancer, nor does it turn into cancer, however it can cause urinary tract infections and painful discomfort. Nearly 50% of all men age 50 and over have BPH. Along with Urinary tract infections and pain, BPH can eventually lead to kidney disorders.
• Frequent urination
• Inability to empty the bladder
• Increased Urination at night (awakening from sleep to urinate)
• Trickling at the end of urination
• Trouble urinating
• Urination that stops and starts
• Weak urine stream
The UroLift System
There is an advanced technique called the UroLift® System, which lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way, so it no longer impinges or blocks the urethra. This innovative method does not require any cutting, heating or removal of the prostate.
The UroLift® System safely relieves urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function. (1) The goal of the UroLift® System is to reduce urinary symptoms and discomfort associated with the disorder, and to alleviate the possibility of kidney dysfunction.
• Minimally invasive
• Minimal downtime
• Preservation of prostate tissue
• Typically no catheter or overnight stay required after treatment
• Protection of sexual function
• Rapid symptom relief, as early as two weeks post procedure
How Does The UroLift® System Work?
Your urologist will place small implantable cords that hold the prostate lobes apart. This relieves the compression on the urethra, allowing the urine to flow normally again. The UroLift® System treatment can be done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter. (2,3)
There are only 80 centers of excellence in the country that perform the UroLift® Procedure. Gulfshore Urology is one of those exceptional centers.
Gulfshore Urology – A Division of 21st Century Oncology – The Gulfshore Urology Practice understands that exceptional care is important. As a urology practice, Gulfshore Urology ‘s mission is to provide the same or greater level of urological care to patients that they would receive at the finest academic institutions, but in a more private setting and with a more personal and intimate approach. Their emphasis is on embracing new technology and training along with exceptional and dedicated staff. Their goal is to deliver unprecedented care from presentation and diagnosis to treatment and then ongoing follow-up.
Their physicians participate in numerous clinical trials including new medical treatments for various disorders as well as new surgical procedures and device trials. Our excellence has gained us not only
regional, but also national and international recognition. Our ongoing efforts are focused on maintaining our level of quality while continuing to grow as a group of dedicated health care professionals offering nothing short of state of the art care.
Gulfshore Urology treats all urologic diseases and conditions, including enlargement of the prostate causing lower urinary tract symptoms, prostate cancer screenings and treatments, urinary incontinence, changes in voiding habits, overactive bladder, painful urination, excessive nighttime urination disrupting sleep cycle, urinary tract infections, blood in the urine, elevated PSA, kidney and bladder stones, sexual dysfunction including impotence, vasectomy and cancers of the kidney, bladder, ureter, testicles and more.
To find out more about the UroLift® procedure or to schedule your appointment, please call us today at 239-333-3200.
955 10th Ave North
Naples, FL 34102
28930 Trails Edge Blvd.
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
40 S. Heathwood Drive
Marco Island, FL 34145
1. Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2015, 3-Year L.I.F.T. Study
2. Roehrborn, Urology Practice 2015, 2-Year L.I.F.T. Study
3. Roehrborn, J Urol 2013, L.I.F.T. Study