San Juan Health Partners Now Offering UroLift®
It’s one of the most common problems men face as they age: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. Many men take medications or opt for surgery to relieve their symptoms, which can include obstructive symptoms such as weakening of the urine flow and difficulty urinating, as well as irritative symptoms such as frequent or urgent urination.
San Juan Health Partners Urology is now offering a minimally invasive alternative that provides rapid relief and recovery of BPH symptoms. The UroLift® is an eight to ten minute procedure that can be done under sedation or local anesthetic in the bladder.
“This is a much less invasive option to get off of medications. It doesn’t require any cutting, it doesn’t require heat therapy. It simply is permanent sutures that go in the prostate to hold it open which decreases the obstruction of the urethra,” said Dr. Daniel Mannas, Urologist.
Dr. Mannas performs the short, outpatient procedure at San Juan Regional Medical Center. Benefits of the procedure include:
- Minimal downtime
- Does not cause sexual side effects
- Rapid symptom relief and recovery
“Patients typically do quite well after this,” Dr. Mannas said. “The five year data that we have nationally is very encouraging.”
Dr. Mannas encourages men who are experiencing symptoms of BPH to take the most important step of acknowledging that they have an issue, and scheduling an appointment.
“There are two reasons to come in and be checked out if you are experiencing the symptoms,” Dr. Mannas said. “One is quality of life and two is medical. The bladder doesn’t necessarily squeeze forever and can stop working, causing men to become catheter dependent.”
If you think the UroLift® procedure could help you, call San Juan Health Partners Urology at 505.609.6380.