Sutter Delta Offers Minimally Invasive Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

Posted on Jul 6, 2015

iStock_000018983358SmallUrologists Jonathan L. Chin, M.D. and Sabri Sen, M.D., FACS, of SEBMF, now offer minimally invasive outpatient treatment for enlarged prostate at Sutter Delta.

Benign enlargement of the prostate, common by age 50, blocks urine flow through the urethra. Symptoms include frequent or difficult urination. The UroLift System is an alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery, both of which can have permanent side effects.

Patients recover from the procedure quickly and return to their normal routines. To learn more about the Urolift procedure, contact Dr. Chin or Dr. Sen.

Medication is often the first line therapy, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs.

The standard alternative treatment is surgery that removes the section of the prostate blocking urine flow. While current surgical options, such as Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP), can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also have permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation (dry orgasm).

The UroLift System, performed through the urethra, pushes aside the obstructive prostate lobes and positions small, tailored permanent implants to hold the prostate lobes in the retracted position.

This opens the urethra while leaving the prostate intact. Adverse reactions associated with UroLift System treatment were comparable to other minimally invasive surgical therapies as well as standard cystoscopy.

The most common adverse events reported during the study included pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate, and the inability to control urine because of an urgent need to urinate.  Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.

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