Who is the Urolift patient?
Men Unhappy with BPH Drugs Who…
Are avoiding surgery for enlarged prostate
Are seeking a less invasive solution
Want to avoid sexual side-effects
Want to get away from a lifetime on pills
Candidates for TURP or Laser Who…
Want to preserve sexual function
Are concerned about complications
Want a more rapid return to daily life
Have no median lobe
See how the lobes of the prostate are lifted away with the urolift. The effective size of the urethra is of someone much younger, analogous somewhat to undergoing a facelift for sagging skin.
IPSS scores reflect complaints about urination, such as slow flow and frequency. They dropped significantly after the Urolift and maintained improvement through the course of the study. Quality of life (QoL) also improved quickly and was durable for the course of the study
What about the cost comparison for Urolift?
Insurance coverage varies. Many patients will initially pay cash for the Urolift treatment. The treatment is FDA-approved, but because it is new, insurers may take a long time before granting coverage, even here in San Antonio. Our staff is trained to work diligently to help appeal the process but many patients may elect to pay out of pocket to get this new treatment.
Prescription drugs like flomax and rapaflo range in cost. With coverage, a typical scenario is to pay about $30 per month. Drugs do not perform as well as the Urolift or surgery. In addition, they have the added cost of potential side-effects.
Surgery needs to be performed in a hospital or surgery center with anesthesia. Due to this, the treatment can cost over $10,000 for patient paying out of pocket.
Urolift is done in the office. Patients can opt for sedation, but the procedure is usually done with local anesthetic only. In this scenario, someone paying out-of-pocket can pay several thousand dollars for the procedure. This is much cheaper than surgery and comes without the hassles of spending a lifetime on medication. In addition, the side-effect profile is without comparison. Avoid the sexual side-effects with enlarged prostate treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is the UroLift® System?
The UroLift® System is a new minimally invasive treatment designed to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
2. How does the UroLift System work?
The UroLift System consists of a delivery device and permanent implants. The implants are delivered during a minimally invasive treatment and act like window curtain tie-backs, holding the lobes of the enlarged prostate open to relieve obstruction. No cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue is involved. One can avoid surgery for enlarged prostate with this procedure.
3. Is UroLift System treatment right for me?
The UroLift System is a treatment option for BPH patients who are looking for an alternative to drugs or major surgery. You may be considering or scheduled for a TURP/Laser treatment, or are unhappy with or have stopped taking medications. The UroLift System is appropriate for patients seeking a minimally invasive treatment and are concerned about preserving their sexual function and their quality of life, post-treatment.
4. What should I expect during the UroLift System treatment?
If you and your doctor decide that the UroLift System treatment is right for you, your doctor will provide the specific, detailed information relating to your condition. In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor will use the UroLift Delivery Device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate. The procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay is required post-treatment. Your doctor will discuss with you how quickly you can go home.
5. What happens during the recovery period?
There is minimal downtime post-treatment and patients may experience symptom relief as early as 2 weeks. You may experience urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure. Your doctor will discuss with you how quickly you can return to your daily activities.
6. How soon will I feel better after UroLift System treatment?
While results vary with each patient, many men experience improvement in their lower urinary tract symptoms as early as 2 weeks after the treatment.
7. Will it affect my sexual function?
There have been no reports of erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory dysfuntion as a result of the UroLift System treatment.
8. Is clinical data available for the UroLift System?
Clinical data supports the safety and effectiveness of the device, including a large pivotal study conducted in the U.S.
9. Who performs the UroLift System treatment?
A urologist, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the urinary system and sex organs, uses the UroLift System to treat urinary symptoms due to BPH. The urologist must be trained prior to using the UroLift System.