What to Expect During & After the UroLift® procedure?
During UroLift® Procedure
During the UroLift® procedure the doctor places small, permanent implants into the prostate to lift and hold the enlarged tissue out of the way.
- During the procedure you will be situated comfortably on a table with your legs slightly elevated. There will be a monitor that the physician watches during the procedure.
- Depending on where you have your procedure performed (in the hospital or doctor’s office), your doctor will administer local or general anesthesia to help maximize comfort during the procedure.
- The doctor gently introduces a thin tube containing a tiny camera through the urethra to determine where to place the UroLift implants.
- Once the proper location is determined, the doctor will insert several tiny implants into the prostate. You will hear a “click” during the placement.
- This will be repeated on both sides until the doctor achieves a sufficient opening for urine to pass easily. During the procedure you may feel some pressure and the urge to urinate. This is to be expected.
After the UroLift® Procedure
Immediately following the procedure, you will be asked to urinate. If you can successfully urinate, you will be allowed to go home. If you have difficulty urinating, your doctor may insert a catheter to help you void, and you will be given instructions on when to have the catheter removed. Most patients do not require a catheter after having the UroLift® procedure.
Some men may experience discomfort after the procedure. You may have soreness in the lower abdomen, and it may be uncomfortable to sit. You may experience the need to urinate more frequently and with greater urgency. You may have some blood in your urine, including passing an occasional blood clot. These are all normal reactions to the procedure. Most of these symptoms will resolve within 2-4 weeks – this is normal.