With more than 40 million people with an enlarged prostate (BPH), the chances are that you or someone you know is experiencing the frequent urge to go to the bathroom or delayed urine flow. For the 69-year-old Stephen Goldman, he is living with the symptoms in the past 30 years.
“I’m driving the car and I need to go to the bathroom, and, where are you going?” Goldman told Fox News. “After a while you get used to it. It is just something else. It is the norm so I figured if I go every half hour, every hour, that is the way.”
Dr. Riccardo Ricciardi Jr., a urologist at Advanced Urology of New York, said that the chances of a patient developing BPH are dependent upon the genetics and the ageing population.
“The prostate is a gland to the urethra,” Ricciardi told Fox News. “And as men grow older, the gland becomes enlarged, and it squeezes on that pipe so it restricts the flow of urine from the bladder.”
Until recently, treatment options included medication and surgery that often left patients deal with side effects, including sexual problems. But now, patients are offered with a non-surgical, minimally invasive option called “UroLift,” which has a 90 percent chance of success and can be performed without anesthesia.
“The way it works is a small titanium implants into the prostate to keep the obstructive tissue away from the urethra, relieving the obstruction,” Ricciardi said.
Patients can have pelvic discomfort, or blood in the urine for a few days after the procedure, but can return to normal activities within 48 hours. For Goldman, the procedure was life changing.
“I’m not afraid to drink water, I am not afraid to drink a cup of tea,” he said. “I don’t have to run to the bathroom every 20 minutes to an hour, then I can be three hours, four hours, as I had to hold the six hours that I could.”
The data dating back five years on the procedure turns out to be about 10 percent of patients may require implant to replace. UroLift is reversible and insurance covers all costs.
To find a doctor who performs Uro-Life in your area visit UroLift.com.