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Prostatic Urethral Lift (Urolift System)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A prostatic urethral lift is a minimally invasive procedure to widen your urethra. The procedure is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate. Prostate tissue is held away from both sides of the urethra with permanent implants. This helps make it easier for you to urinate. A prostatic urethral lift may also be called the UroLift® System.
Call your doctor or urologist if:
- You have a fever.
- You see blood clots in your urine.
- You have trouble urinating.
- You have pain or blood in your urine for longer than you were told to expect.
- You have trouble getting an erection or ejaculating.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Rest as needed. Your healthcare provider will tell you when it is okay to go back to work or do your usual activities. This may be as soon as the day after your procedure.
- Ask when it is okay to have sex after the procedure. You may need to wait a week or longer so the procedure area can heal fully. You should not notice much of a change during sex. You may notice a pulling feeling when you ejaculate. This should get better with time.
Bladder management after the procedure:
- Urinate on a regular schedule. This will train your bladder to hold urine longer. A larger amount of urine may make it easier to urinate.
- Drink less liquid during the day. Do not have liquid for several hours before you go to sleep. Do not drink large amounts of any liquid at one time. Limit alcohol and caffeine. These can cause problems with bladder control and increase your need to urinate.
- Do pelvic floor muscle exercises. Pelvic floor muscle exercises, also called Kegels, may help improve your bladder control. These exercises are done by tightening and relaxing your pelvic muscles. Ask how to do pelvic floor muscle exercises, and how often to do them.
- Lose weight if you are overweight. Obesity increases your risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA can make you need to get up in the night to urinate. Exercise can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. You can break the 30 minutes up into shorter blocks of exercise throughout the day.
Follow up with your doctor or urologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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