Enlarged Prostate Affects Nearly 40 million men in the United States (1)
Urologist Dr. Mike Kozminski of Phoenix Urology in St. Joseph,MO recently sat down with Kansas City Health and Wellness Magazine to talk about a common condition that many of his patients face: benign prostatic hyperplasia, commonly known as enlarged prostate or BPH. In fact, over 70 percent of men in their 60s have enlarged prostate.2
Dr. Kozminski has treated many men suffering from BPH symptoms and has recently incorporated a minimally invasive treatment option into his practice called the UroLift® System.
Signs You Should See a Urologist
An enlarged prostate that obstructs the bladder opening can lead to a myriad of bothersome urinary symptoms. Symptoms of BPH include frequent need to urinate day and night, weak or slow urinary stream,incomplete bladder emptying, difficulty or delay in starting urination, urgent feeling of needing to urinate, and a urinary stream that stops and starts.
An enlarged prostate can cause loss of productivity and sleep and in some cases, can cause depression. It can wreak havoc on a man’s quality of life, so it’s important to see a physician if these problems persist.
Traditional Treatment Options Fall Short
“Medical and surgical treatments for BPH ranging from medications to surgery have been used for decades with varying degrees of success and side effects,” said Dr. Kozminski. “Medications can be helpful in relieving symptoms for some men, but patients must continue taking them longterm to maintain the effects.” Some patients may suffer uncomfortable side effects as well, including dizziness, headaches or sexual dysfunction. And some may not get adequate relief of their symptoms.
Dr. Kozminski explained that surgical options, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) or photovaporization of the prostate (PVP), are generally effective. However, these options typically require general anesthesia, overnight hospitalization, and post-operative catheterization. Surgery can also increase the risk of erectile dysfunction or loss of ejaculation.
Breakthrough Minimally Invasive Treatment
“I’m very excited to offer my patients a revolutionary procedure called the UroLift System,” says Dr. Kozminski.
Here’s how it works: a urologist uses the UroLift System device to lift and move the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra (the passageway that urine flows through). Tiny implants are placed to hold the tissue apart, leaving an unobstructed pathway for urine to flow normally again.
Benefits of the UroLift System
Dr. Kozminski performs the UroLift® System procedure in the outpatient surgery center. “My patients appreciate that this typically takes under an hour and preserves sexual function.”3
Compared to other BPH treatment options, the UroLift System procedure has a strong safety profile with minimal side effects.4 Most common side effects are mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate and/or the inability to control the urge. Most symptoms are resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Good Candidates for the UroLift System treatment
Ron Chase, age 67, opted for the UroLift System when medications failed to improve his frequent need to urinate and he grew tired of waking up at night. “The UroLift System was so good for me,” he said.
“I was getting grouchy and found it difficult to focus at work. Having this procedure really improved my quality of life.”
The goal of the UroLift System is to relieve symptoms so that men who have suffered from BPH can get back to their lives and resume daily activities. It may be an option for men who do not want to undergo major surgery or be on long-term BPH medications.
All physicians at Phoenix Urology of St. Joseph perform the UroLift System procedure. To schedule an appointment with a urologist, find out if you have enlarged prostate and discuss treatment options, please call 816-396-8080.
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1 Berry, et al., J Urol 1984
2 2013 U.S. Census worldwide population estimates
3 NeoTract US market model estimates for 2013 based on IMS Health and Drug Procedure Data
4 Roehrborn, et al., Journal of Urology, L.I.F.T. Study, 2013