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Am I a Good Candidate for UroLift?

Experiencing urinary changes because of an enlarged prostate isn’t a new problem. This age-old issue impacts 50% of men by 60 and a staggering 90% by age 85

Having an enlarged prostate — or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — isn’t a life-threatening problem. However, BPH can cause a variety of complications that go far beyond increased urinary frequency, including:

Of the 90% of men with BPH, one-third will develop symptoms that require treatment.

At Premier Medical Group in New Windsor and Kingston, New York, Jaspreet Singh, DO, specializes in treating men’s health conditions, such as BPH. One highly effective treatment is the UroLift® procedure, a minimally invasive treatment that relieves pressure on the urethra and restores urine flow.

How UroLift works

Your prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the thin tube that carries urine from your bladder out of your body. This gland doubles in size when you enter puberty, but it doesn’t stop growing then. Instead, it enters a second growth spurt in your mid-20s that continues for the remainder of your life.

Unfortunately, this continued growth is what leads to problems. As the prostate grows larger, it starts pressing on your urethra and reduces urine flow. As this occurs, you can begin experiencing urinary issues, such as increased frequency, which can interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

UroLift resolves these issues with tiny implants that lift and hold the enlarged prostate off of the urethra. This process restores healthy urine flow without the need for heating, cutting, or removing tissue.

Plus, UroLift’s minimally invasive approach addresses BPH symptoms while preserving sexual function at the same time.

What to expect during a UroLift procedure

Dr. Singh performs UroLift treatments during routine office visits. Placing the implants can take as little as five minutes, but the full appointment lasts approximately an hour.

First, Dr. Singh administers anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Then, he inserts the UroLift setup device into your urethra through the tip of your penis. The setup device contains a small needle and the UroLift implants. Dr. Singh guides the setup device to the blocked area in your urethra using a bladder scope. 

When in position, Dr. Singh places 4-6 UroLift implants to lift and hold your enlarged prostate tissue away from your urethra. This minimally invasive approach doesn’t require stitches or a catheter. You can go home the same day, and there’s minimal downtime. However, you may experience some urinary discomfort or blood in your urine as you heal. These issues typically subside within 2-4 weeks. 

You can expect BPH symptom relief within two weeks of treatment, and it could reduce or completely eliminate the need for BPH medications.

When to consider UroLift

Dr. Singh could recommend a UroLift procedure if you’re male, at least age 45, and have BPH symptoms. It’s also safe for men on blood thinner medications and those who can’t undergo other BPH treatments. However, UroLift isn’t for everyone, especially if you have titanium, nickel, or stainless steel allergies. 

To determine if you’re a good candidate, Dr. Singh often performs a cystoscopy. During this in-office procedure, he inserts a tiny camera into your urethra through your penis to evaluate your prostate size and level of obstruction. If you tolerate this exam well, a UroLift procedure could be right for you.

To see if a UroLift procedure can relieve your BPH symptoms, book an appointment online or over the phone with Premier Medical Group today.

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