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UroLift® Procedure Expectations

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.

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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.