Experience with Urolift: Potential Problems, Complications, and Side Effects.

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD


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Urolift is an innovative, minimally invasive treatment for symptoms of enlarged prostate in men.  As with any medical procedure, the benefits of treatment must outweigh potential side effects and risks of treatment.

pee-like-fire-hoseUrolift is a Safe Procedure for Enlarged Prostate

All treatments involve some risks and side effects. In general, Urolift is considered to be a fairly safe minimally invasive procedure.

In a study of Urolift patients, after 3 years, about 8% of patients developed side effects such as Urolift protrusion into the bladder which requires removal of Urolift stents and 1% require removal due to infection (urosepsis).

Treatment of Problems and Complications after Urolift

If you experience a problem after the Urolift procedure, schedule an appointment – we have extensive experience helping men with side effects and complications after the Urolift procedure.   

Side Effects of Urolift Implant Insertion in the Prostate

Transient side effects lasting 1-2 weeks can occur after cystoscopy and Urolift insertion. These side effects include a small amount of blood in urine, frequent urination, mild burning with urination, pelvic pain, urinary urgency and urge incontinence.  Symptoms typically resolve within 7-14 days after the procedure.  About 1% of patients experience each of the following: burning with urination, blood in urine and pelvic pain/discomfort, urinary urgency, bladder spasms and urge incontinence 1 year after the procedure.

Problems After Urolift Implant for BPH

Few long-term problems have been reported in patients who underwent the Urolift procedure.   There appears to be no increased risk of bladder or urethral stone formation after treatment with a trans-prostatic Urolift implant for BPH as long as the implants do not protrude into the bladder. However, in about 10% of patients removal of implants that protrude into the bladder is required as they can lead to stone formation (encrustation).

There is no increased risk of bladder or prostate cancer.

A small risk of urethral stricture (<2%) exists after cystoscopy procedures associated with Urolift insertion.  This risk is common to all procedures for the treatment of prostate that are performed through the urethra and is not unique to Urolift (TURP, Greenlight laser, other lasers, HOLEP, etc).

Complications of Treatment with Urolift

A small risk of UTI related to cystoscopy procedure exists after the Urolift procedure, which is treatable with antibiotics. Prophylactic antibiotics are administered to minimize the risk of the procedure. <1% of patients may develop urosepsis.

Lack of Efficacy

Urolift is effective to 60-90% of patients. However, 10% of patients require a different surgical procedure within 3 years of treatment with Urolift.  Another 30% of patients either resume or start medications for enlarged prostate after treatment with Urolift.

If you did not experience adequate benefit from Urolift, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger who is experienced in treating men for whom Urolift did not provide adequate benefit.

Conclusion: Risks vs Benefits of Urolift Procedure

As with any technology, there are pros and cons to every treatment.   Side effects from Urolift procedure tend to be minimal and transient, typically lasting less than 1-2 weeks.  However, it is important for men to be aware of them and know what to expect before embarking on treatment with Urolift for BPH.  Urolift is associated with improvement in sexual function which is unique among treatments for enlarged prostate.

Overall, Urolift has a favorable risk-benefit ratio and advised as an excellent treatment option for men with an enlarged prostate. It is an optimal treatment option for men with mild to moderate symptoms of BPH who wish to preserve ejaculatory function.

While Urolift has minimal sexual side effects, it tends to be less effective than surgical treatment with laser enucleation or TURP or laser ablation of the prostate when it comes to improvement in the urinary flow stream and post-void residual urine in the bladder.

Where to Get Urolift Procedure in NYC?

At New York Urology Specialists, we offer same-day treatment for men

Call/text today: 1-646-663-4044 or make an appointment online.  

We perform a cystoscopy, urodynamic testing, prostate, and bladder ultrasound in our office.  We offer Urolift procedure, Rezum water-vapor procedure in our office and laser enucleation of the prostate in a hospital setting.  We treat urinary and erection problems. We offer confidential appointments. We offer affordable appointment prices with or without insurance.

Why Choose New York Urology Specialists for Treatment of Enlarged Prostate Problems?

  • All treatment is performed by a board-certified urologist experienced in treating men with symptoms of frequent urination, urinary urgency, urinary incontinence and bladder pain using medical therapy, minimally invasive therapies, lasers, and open surgery.
  • We are one of the few practices in the region to offer a full range of options for treatment of urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate in men
  • We offer treatment options for enlarged prostate, overactive bladder, UTI and urinary incontinence in our office which avoids the risks, costs, and recovery from general anesthesia.  
  • Extensive experience: Thousands of men have treated successfully using medical therapy, surgery, and minimally invasive procedures such as Urolift procedure, Rezum surgery, Botox for overactive bladder, Interstim for frequent urination and tibial neuromodulation.
  • We offer diagnostic testing in our office which avoids hospital costs.
  • Confidential and Understanding Care. We understand that most of our patients desire privacy.  We see patients with a variety of urological problems. Your reason for visiting us is entirely confidential.
  • We are conveniently located within 30-60 minute commute to men who are seeking ED treatment in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Long Island, Bronx, and New Jersey.

Scheduling Appointments for Enlarged Prostate Treatment at New York Urology Specialists


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Urinary Problems Are Treatable in Nearly Every Man and Woman

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At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of urinary problems caused by enlarged prostate and BPH in men.  We understand the challenges that urinary problems such as a slow stream, waking up at night, pain in the penis and perineum create for our patients, their relationships and their self-esteem.  We help you find a treatment for your urinary problems that fit your needs, lifestyle, and your preferences.

Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of men with symptoms caused by prostate enlargement including frequent urination, poor urine flow, frequent UTI, blood in urine, urinary incontinence, urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate, prior surgery, neuropathy, chemotherapy, and radiation. By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and woman who desire an effective treatment for their urinary problems.  We offer medical and surgical treatment for men’s prostate problems.

We specialize in minimally invasive highly effective treatment for symptoms of bladder pain, urethral burning, pelvic discomfort, incomplete bladder emptying, urinary frequency, and urgency.

We Treat Some of the Most Complex Men’s Health Problems Including:

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Shteynshlyuger:

Call/text today: 1-646-663-4044 or make an appointment online

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained board-certified urologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of urinary problems in men using modern effective and proven treatment methods including Botox for OAB, Interstim neuromodulation, Rezum for BPH, prostate enucleation for enlarged prostate, and Urolift procedure.  

He has successfully treated hundreds of men with BPH with symptoms of frequent urination during the day and excessive urination at night.

He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-4044.

We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners.  Information for out-of-state and international patients.  Find out our office hours or directions to our office

We offer affordable appointment prices with or without insurance.