Urolift for BPH is a New Treatment Option for Men with Enlarged Prostate
by Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, a board certified urologist and specialist in treatment of enlarged prostate and complex urinary problems using minimally invasive approaches. He is one of the first urologists in the US and NYC to offer Urolift as a treatment for enlarged prostate.
New Minimally Invasive Treatment for BPH with Fewest Sexual Side Effects.
Urolift, an innovative treatment for enlarged prostate in men with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) was recently approved by FDA after rigorous evaluation. Urolift for BPH is unique among treatment options for BPH in that it does not cause sexual side effects based on the studies reviewed by the FDA.
Randomized controlled studies published in the Journal of Urology and submitted to the FDA have shown a durable benefit for >2 years after procedure with minimal side effects and high patient satisfaction. In fact studies suggest that sexual function improves after treatment.
Urolift is appropriate for men with enlarged prostate and urinary symptoms who do not want to take daily medications or who wish to avoid the side effects associated with other treatment options for BPH such as TURP, Greenlight laser and Flomax. It is most appropriate for men with obstructing prostate with mild to moderate enlargement. Some men with more severe urinary symptoms including urinary retention may be candidates for Urolift. Select men with urinary symptoms as a result of prostate cancer may also benefit from Urolift.
Urolift is now offered at New York Urology Specialists. Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is among first urologists in New York Metro area to offer this advanced treatment option for his patients.
Treatment involves a quick outpatient procedure. Men traveling from other states and countries, can usually return home the next day after the procedure.
Who is a Candidate for Urolift?
Many men with enlarged prostate are good candidates for Urolift procedure. It is important for us to evaluate each potential patient to make sure that Urolift is an appropriate treatment option for each man considering it. Read about our patient selection criteria for Neotract Urolift System for BPH and detailed explanation of who is a candidate for Urolift procedure.
How does Urolift Work?
Urolift is unique in that it does not destroy tissue. Instead, Urolift compresses normal tissue that blocks the urethra which results in a patent, wide, urethra and improved flow. On the image below you can see the net result on the urethra and prostate before and after Urolift treatment.
Does Urolift Work for Everyone?
Urolift has very good efficacy for men who are good candidates for the procedure based on a thorough evaluation. For men who are considered good candidate for Urolift, success rates are around 90%. When Urolift does not achieve desired results, other treatment options after Urolift procedure are available. Procedures such as Microwave, Greenlight laser and TURP can be performed for patients who fail Urolift therapy for BPH.
Insurance Coverage for Urolift
Urolift is covered by many insurances, including AETNA and Medicare. Many other insurances such as United Healthcare, CIGNA and Blue Cross may cover Urolift procedure. New York Urology Specialists works with many insurers on individual basis to obtain insurance coverage for patients who desire Urolift Procedure for BPH. At New York Urology Specialists we offer affordable options for treatment of enlarged prostate including Urolift procedure for men without health insurance or those who are traveling from other countries for Urolift procedure. Overall cost of urolift procedure is comparable to medical therapy and other treatment options over 5 years.
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