The UROLIFT procedure was approved in September I have BPH and the associated problems. I am looking for a urologist that performs this procedure and anyone who may have had it performed. How did it work for you?
gp15603, just saw your post, a bit late but this might help others.
I just had the Urolift for my 15 year old BPH condition, 14 days ago. You are right, it was just approved in Sept. of 2013 here in the States, but has been offered in places like Canada, the UK and Australia since about 2010 or so. The FDA approved the procedure based upon prior clinical studies abroad and I believe a study that the inventor, Neotract did in this country with a limited number of patients. After doing a lot of research, it seemed like a very promising, less invasive alternative to TURPs with no side effects. I have read a lot of horror stories online regarding TURP side effects which made me put off treatment for a number of years until something less invasive came along.
My treatment took all of 10 minutes, with no catheterization, almost no bleeding, and since I elected to do a general anesthesia, no pain during the procedure. Previous to the procedure I was getting up 3-4 times every night, had a very weak stream, and had had no feeling of complete emptying for longer than I could remember. All of that changed starting about day 6 post procedure. Now at day 14 I can say that BPH is no longer an issue for me, thank God. I have a strong stream, go once a night and have regained the ability to fully empty my bladder. I would have to say that if you are a BPH sufferer and have been putting off treatment, there are currently two doctors in the San Diego that perform the Urolift. A Dr. Rhee with Kaiser and Dr. Goldstein with San Diego Sexual Medicine. I don't know anything about Dr. Rhee since I am not a Kaiser member, but I highly recommend Dr. Goldstein, who is one of the finest human beings I have ever met.
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