Dr Aza Mohammed provides an insight on a new treatment for men with an enlarged prostate gland
The Prostatic Urethral Lift (PUL), using the The UroLift® System, can be used to treat men with an enlarged prostate gland who suffer with symptoms including difficulty urinating as well as increased frequency and urgency. Having to get up several times in the night and/or plan toilet stops on an hourly basis can dramatically impact daily life. However, options have been limited for sufferers of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), with many treatments having side effects impacting sexual function.
UroLift is a minimally invasive, day case procedure to treat and address the symptoms of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) that arise from BPH. Implants are used to pull excess prostatic tissue away so that it does not narrow or block the urethra. In this way, the procedure relieves symptoms of urinary outflow obstruction without cutting or removing tissue.
According to a 2005 report in the journal ‘Reviews in Urology’, an enlarged prostate is really common in men over 50 (affecting 60 percent), while it’s prevalence is still significant in young men – 10 percent for men in their thirties, and 20 percent for men in their forties. The cause of prostate enlargement is unknown, but it is believed to be linked to hormonal changes as a man gets older.
Mr Aza Mohammed, Consultant Urologist at OSD Healthcare, explains, “In the past, when confronted with the choice of surgery or medication to treat BPH, many men have opted to live with the condition, preferring to put up with symptoms than risk a more invasive procedure that might have side effects. With a better risk profile than surgery, the UroLift System offers an alternative solution to BPH that has proven success and a quick recovery time, with any common side effects usually resolved within a few weeks of the procedure.”
As a minimally-invasive surgical option, the UroLift System is associated with fewer side effects (notably low risk of permanent sexual dysfunction) and post-operative complications1. Prostatic Urethral Lift is recommended by NICE as an alternative to current surgical procedures in men with LUTS due to benign prostatic hyperplasia.2
Mr Mohammed continues
“The treatment can also provide relief to men who are at high risk for anaesthesia due to other medical conditions and where surgery is not possible, as it can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. Additionally, the preservation of sexual function amongst patients is one of the most unique benefits of the system when compared to other options.
Men who are considering this procedure can see Mr Mohammed for an initial consultation and any relevant tests here at OSD Healthcare. Any subsequent surgical procedure will be undertaken at a mutually convenient surgical facility that will be agreed between Mr Mohammed and the patient.
Costs for initial consultation £150
To book an appointment with Mr Mohammed please call 01442 331 900.