What is a UROLIFT?

Urolift is a new treatment called Prostatic Urethral Lift, or UroLift, which is a minimally invasive treatment for the enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

When the prostate becomes enlarged,  prostate tissue presses circumferentially the urethra (a tube which carries urine out from the bladder ). The symptoms the patient experiences are a weak flow of urine, the feeling of not having emptied the bladder properly ,frequent and urgent need to go to the toilet.

Urolift includes insertion of tiny implants  into the prostate. The implants  lift and hold the two lobes of the prostate apart. The implants are then permanently clipped and secured in place. The implants immediately push the prostate tissue away from the urethra. This alleviates pressure on the urethra without lasering or cutting tissue. Typically, there is no need for a catheter afterwards and you can go home on the same day.

Importantly, with UroLift, there is no retrograde ejaculation (dry orgasm) or impact upon sexual function as well as reduced risk of incontinence and scarring. This is usually performed under local anaesthetic, and takes about 10-20 minutes. Side effects can include minor bleeding, and some pelvic discomfort lasting few days There are no reported sexual side effects, and men normally pass urine and go home the same day of the procedure.

Mr Papadopoulos is Specialist in Urolift and perform this procedure in East Kent Hospital and in Private sector. 

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