By Urologist Doug Grier, M.D. of Sound Urological Associates
To find out more about Urolift and if you are a candidate, please contact Sound Urological Assocites (425) 775-7166.
Benign ( non-cancerous) Prostate Enlargement (BPH) is a condition that comes with age and effects men in their 40’s and beyond. 25% of men will eventually need surgery to relieve the urinary obstruction caused by BPH. Traditional treatments of medication and surgery have both risks and side effects. Avoiding treatment is unnecessary as most men can find a solution to the problem without having a painful or risky procedure.
BPH treatments include two kinds of medicine, one that relaxes and one that shrinks the prostate. Over the counter supplements can provide a bit of improvement but usually don’t reverse the process of prostate growth and eventually will require additional treatments. Prostate surgery involves removing the central blocking tissue in the urine tube by either electricity or laser. Both surgical treatments result in improved streams but require anesthesia and catheters and may have sexual side effects.
UroLift is an office procedure that is an alternative to traditional surgery which opens the prostate and improves the stream without cutting or removing tissue. UroLift does not have sexual side effects associated with traditional surgery and has been performed for over 3 years internationally and is just beginning to be performed in the U.S.
I am the first Urologist in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, Montana and Alaska) to perform the UroLift procedure and am happy that patients are pleased with the results.
UroLift is not for every man with an enlarged prostate but if you qualify, UroLift can improve your ability to empty your bladder effortlessly, sleep longer at night, and stop planning your activities around bathroom visits.
To find out if you are a candidate for UroLift, please contact Sound Urological Associates (425) 775-7166.