What are the indications of use for the UroLift® system?

The UroLift® System is indicated for the treatment of symptoms due to urinary outflow obstruction secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men 50 years of age or older.

Are there any reasons why I should not receive a UroLift® procedure?

The UroLift® System should not be used if you have:

  • Prostate volume of >80 cc
  • An obstructive or protruding median lobe of the prostate
  • A urinary tract infection
  • Urethra conditions that may prevent insertion of delivery system into bladder
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Current gross hematuria

If you have a known allergy to nickel, talk to your doctor about your allergy before getting a UroLift® procedure.

What other things should my doctor advise me about?

Most patients do not typically require a catheter post-procedure, but it is possible that you may. If needed, the catheter typically only stays in for an average of about one day.

Recovery times vary but patients typically experience rapid symptom relief and a return to normal activity within a few days. Your doctor will discuss any restrictions in your specific situation.

What are possible side effects?

Most common adverse effects reported include 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.

In the large, pivotal study, there were no reported instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction following a UroLift System procedure.1

Will the UroLift® System Treatment interfere with having an MRI?

Non-clinical testing has demonstrated that the UroLift® Implant is MR Conditional. That means that you can be safely scanned in an MR system meeting the following conditions:

  • Static magnetic field of 3 Tesla or less
  • Maximum spatial gradient magnetic field of 1500 Gauss/cm (15 T/m) or less
  • Maximum MR system reported, whole body averaged specific absorption rate (SAR) of 4 W/kg (First Level Controlled Mode)

Under the scan conditions defined above, the UroLift® is expected to produce a maximum temperature rise of 2.4°C after 15 minutes of continuous scanning.

In non-clinical testing, the image artifact caused by the device extends approximately 15 mm from the UroLift® Implant when imaged with a gradient echo pulse sequence and a 3 Tesla MRI system.

Patient implant cards are provided to inform the patient that the UroLift® implant is MR Conditional and can safely be scanned only under specific MR conditions.

If you have any questions about MRI safety, please consult your doctor.

Source Information

1. Roehrborn, J Urology 2013 LIFT Study