The urolift is suitable for patients who have an enlarged prostate and who have not responded to medication and who do not wish to have surgery or suitable for the younger patient who does not wish to have a sexual side effects from medications or conventional surgery.
The urolift is a surgical procedure which involves passing a fine telescope into the urethra. The device enables the surgeon to insert a small implant between the inner and outer surfaces of the prostate. The implant retracts the enlarged prostate lobe without the need for cutting or burning the tissue. This enables an increase in the urethral opening.
The number of implants require vary between person to person. Generally, 2-4 implants are inserted. This surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic.
- You will be given your hospital paperwork and request form for routine blood test, Urine test and ECG.
- Please contact the Practice Nurse if you are taking any blood thinning medication, if you are a Diabetic and if you have any allergies.
- You will be admitted on same day of surgery.
Following surgery and discharge from hospital
- You will be discharged home if you are passing urine well.
- You may notice urinary frequency, urgency, blood in your urine, pelvic discomfort or pain which can last up to 6 weeks or longer following your surgery.
- There is a small risk encrustation can develop on the implant. If this occurs, the implant will need to be removed and replaced.
- You may not notice an improvement for at least two weeks following the procedure.
- If you are working, you can return to work a few days following your procedure.
- Avoid any strenuous physical activities for 2 weeks following your procedure.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks until urgency and frequency have settled.
- A review appointment should be made in the rooms 6 weeks following your procedure. Please call the rooms for an appointment if you were not given one.
You are advised to call the rooms if you develop any of the following:
- Offensive urine
- Blood in urine not resolved
- Pain when passing urine not resolved
- Inability to pass urine