Sexual Health & Urology In Santa Ana, Orange County
Urology & Sexual Health in Santa Ana, CA
Dr. Lamia Gabal is a board-certified physician who serves the residents of Santa Ana, Orange County and many of the surrounding areas. At Prestige Medical Group, the doctor and her staff specialize in UroLift® System treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. BPH affects more than 500 million men worldwide, with many men suffering from symptoms of enlarged prostate.You no longer have to be one of them!
UroLift Q & A
WHAT IS UROLIFT®?
The UroLift System is a revolutionary approach to treating BPH that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. It is the only BPH procedure that does not require ongoing BPH medication, cutting, heating or removal of the prostate tissue.
HOW DOES UROLIFT® WORK?
The UroLift Delivery Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
Small UroLift Implants are permanently placed to lift or hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra. The permanent Implants are delivered through a small needle that comes out of the UroLift Delivery Device and into the prostate.
The UroLift Delivery Device is removed, leaving an open urethra designed to provide symptom relief.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE:
During the UroLift® procedure the doctor places small, permanent implants into the prostate to lift and hold the enlarged tissue out of the way.
- During the procedure, you will be situated comfortably on a table with your legs slightly elevated. There will be a monitor that the physician watches during the procedure.
- Depending on where you have your procedure performed (in the hospital or doctor’s office), your doctor will administer local or general anesthesia to help maximize comfort during the procedure.
- The doctor gently introduces a thin tube containing a tiny camera through the urethra to determine where to place the UroLift implants.
- Once the proper location is determined, the doctor will insert several tiny implants into the prostate. You will hear a “click” during the placement.
- This will be repeated on both sides until the doctor achieves a sufficient opening for urine to pass easily. During the procedure, you may feel some pressure and the urge to urinate. This is to be expected.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Immediately following the procedure, you will be asked to urinate. If you can successfully urinate, you will be allowed to go home. If you have difficulty urinating, your doctor may insert a catheter to help you void, and you will be given instructions on when to have the catheter removed. Most patients do not require a catheter after having the UroLift procedure. Some men may experience discomfort after the procedure. You may have soreness in the lower abdomen, and it may be uncomfortable to sit. You may experience the need to urinate more frequently and with greater urgency. You may have some blood in your urine, including passing an occasional blood clot. These are all normal reactions to the procedure. Most of these symptoms will resolve within 2-4 weeks –this is normal.
Q: Is the procedure performed in an office or hospital?
A: Please speak with your urologist to decide which location would be best for you.
Q: When can I resume my usual activities?
A: Many men resume normal activities within a few days after the procedure. Your doctor
will discuss any restrictions and your specific situation after your procedure.
Q: Do I need to continue taking my BPH meds after the procedure?
A: No, a benefit to getting a UroLift treatment is that you no longer have to take BPH
medications after the procedure.
Q: Does my prostate continue to grow even after I get UroLift? What if I need another procedure?
A: Yes, your prostate may continue to grow after the procedure. However, one unique aspect of the UroLift System is that it does not preclude retreatment or other BPH treatments, should that be needed and desired in the future.
Q: How quickly can I expect to have symptom relief?
A: Patients typically show significant improvement in their symptoms by 2 weeks
after the procedure.
What are symptoms of BPH symptoms:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
Are you ready to take control of your BPH symptoms? Don’t settle for frustrating urinary symptoms and daily medications. UroLift® may be the right choice for you if you are seeking a treatment solution. So now what?
- Talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate for the UroLift System
- Coordinate with your doctor’s office to confirm your insurance coverage
- Schedule your UroLift procedure
- Enjoy your new life!