BPH

BPH Facts

OVER 70% OF MEN IN THEIR 60s HAVE SYMPTOMS OF BPH1

BPH affects more than 500 million men worldwide, with many men suffering from symptoms of enlarged prostate.1 You no longer have to be one of them!


You have taken the first step in improving your symptoms through a proven approach called the UroLift® System treatment. This booklet will not take the place of a consultation with your physician, but it will answer some of the questions you may have before your UroLift System treatment.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a very common condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of BPH.1 While BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, it can cause loss of productivity and sleep, depression and decreased quality of life.

WHAT IS AN ENLARGED PROSTATE?

The prostate is a male reproductive gland, about the size of a walnut, that produces fluid for semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms.

BPH symptoms include:

  • Frequent need to urinate both day and night
  • Weak or slow urinary stream
  • A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
  • Difficulty or delay in starting urination
  • Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
  • A urinary stream that stops and starts

AN ENLARGED PROSTATE CAUSES BOTHERSOME URINARY SYMPTOMS

Source

1. Berry, S.J., et al., J Urology 1984; 2013 US Census Bureau international database

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I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.