Urolift Procedure for Treatment of Enlarged Prostate in Men with Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis on Home Oxygen Therapy
by Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, a board-certified urologist, and specialist in the 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.
Treatment of Enlarged Prostate in Men with Pulmonary Problems who use Home Oxygen Therapy.
Men with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and severe chronic bronchitis with poor expiratory volume and shortness of breath often require home oxygen treatment. These men commonly suffer from symptoms of an enlarged prostate: slow urine stream, stop-and-go urination, waking up at night to pee, and urgency.
Because of impaired lung function, general anesthesia puts men with severe COPD/chronic bronchitis at a higher risk for complications. Procedures such as TURP, Greenlight laser of prostate and open prostatectomy for treatment of BPH require general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia.
For many men who require home oxygen therapy for treatment of severe COPD, chronic bronchitis or sleep apnea, local anesthesia offers better safety and can avoid such respiratory complications.
Innovative treatment options such as the Urolift procedure for treatment of enlarged prostate can be performed without the need for general anesthesia. Urolift can be performed in the office with local anesthesia (no need to go to sleep) with improved safety for men with pulmonary problems. The procedure can be done in the office. Typically, the procedure takes 15 minutes to perform and patients can leave the office within an hour and return to their usual activities. Men typically experience improvement in urinary symptoms within 2 weeks after the procedure.
What is the Preparation for Urolift Procedure for Men with on home oxygen therapy with COPD?
Men should continue using home oxygen therapy before and after the procedure as usual. If you use a portable oxygen tank, please bring it in for use before and after the procedure. We have oxygen tanks in the office that can be used during the Urolift procedure.
Men who use albuterol or corticosteroid inhalers should bring them into the office in case of need.
If you have acute bronchitis, acute exacerbation of asthma or pneumonia, your procedure will need to be rescheduled until your lung function stabilizes.
We will test your urine 1-3 weeks before the Urolift procedure to make sure there is no infection. There are no other special preparations that are necessary.
We advise that you eat and drink normally as you usually do before and after the procedure. Take your prescribed medications as usual unless you’re told otherwise. If you take blood-thinners special arrangements may be made for you – there are individualized and will be discussed with you.
New York Urology Specialists – Successful Treatment of Men with COPD and Chronic Bronchitis for Urinary Problems Caused by Enlarged Prostate.
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger has extensive experience treating men with BPH who have severe lung problems and require the use of home oxygen therapy.
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