Treatment for the Enlarged Prostate with UroLift®.
As prostates enlarge with aging, their growth can lead to bothersome urinary symptoms. Symptoms, such as difficulty passing urine, weakening or stopping and starting of urinary stream, and waking up at night multiple times to urinate, are very common as a result of prostatic enlargement, and can affect quality of life.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, affects over 40 million men in the United States including up to 10% of men in their 40s, and greater than 70% of men over 70. Many men have been told they have an enlarged prostate but are not sure of what it means, and what might happen as a result.
Medication is often the first-line therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of medication treatment can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs. Others discontinue use for inefficacy. For these patients, the classic alternative is surgery that cuts, heats or removes prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While such surgical and procedural options can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation.
The FDA-cleared UroLift® System is a proven, minimally invasive technology for treating lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH. The UroLift® permanent implants, delivered during a minimally invasive transurethral outpatient procedure, relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue, allowing fast symptomatic relief, quick return to regular activity, no bothersome sexual side effects and improvement in quality of life.
Differentiating symptoms of enlarged prostates from other urologic conditions is often complex, and a variety of in-office testing and diagnostic procedures can help your urologist diagnose and manage your BPH in efforts to control your urinary symptoms. It is important for men with any bothersome urinary symptoms to know they are not alone, as BPH affects a significant portion of men. Now there is a treatment option to fit your lifestyle, so you don’t need medication or surgery. Find out if UroLift ® is right for you!
Dr. Michael R. Pinsky earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his Urology Residency at Tulane with a focus on Endourology and Minimally Invasive Urology. Dr. Pinsky has been practicing at the Ochsner Specialty Health Center in Slidell for almost three years. He was the first in the area to perform robotic urologic procedures and continues to bring innovative procedures to his practice in Slidell for management of many other urologic conditions.
He has most recently been designated as a UroLift® Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Dr. Pinsky has achieved a high level of training and experience with the UroLift® System and demonstrated a commitment to exemplary care for men suffering from BPH symptoms.
In addition to BPH, other special interests include robotic surgery for prostate and kidney cancer and obstructed kidneys, management of kidney stones, evaluation of blood in the urine and urologic malignancies, elevated PSA and vasectomies.
Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore
105 Medical Center Drive· Suite 205
Slidell, LA 70461· (985) 639-3777