Medication is often the first line of
therapy in treating benign prostate
hyperplasia (BPH), or in layman’s terms,
an enlarged prostate not caused by
cancer. Side effects of treatment can
include sexual dysfunction, dizziness,
and headaches, prompting many
patients to quit using the drugs.
Also, some patients do not respond to
medical therapy. For these patients, the
classic alternative is surgery that cuts or
ablates (burns away) prostate tissue to
open the blocked urethra. Fortunately,
the UroLift System is now an option
available to area men.
“The UroLift System involves bringing
tiny implants up through the urethra by
way of a delivery device,” explains Dr.
Basata. “These permanent implants are
delivered through a small needle that
comes out of the device and into the
prostate, holding its lobes apart like
open curtains on a window, relieving
compression on the urethra. This
procedure provides fast and meaningful
relief from BPH symptoms, improving
overall quality of life for patients.”
John was able to return home from the
hospital the same day of the procedure.
“Dr. Basata said I was the perfect
candidate for the UroLift procedure,”
adds John. “I highly recommend it.
I immediately felt better, and it has
changed my life in other ways. Now I can
FACING PAGE Dr. Samir
Basata is holding a sample
of a UroLift implant.
LEFT Urologist Samir
Basata, MD, shows patient
John Rawson images of
his enlarged prostate
before and after having
a new procedure called
the UroLift® System.
The minimally invasive
procedure is an alternative
to medications and surgical
procedures used to treat
an enlarged prostate,
not due to cancer, that
often have unwanted
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. I
IMMEDIATELY FELT BETTER, AND IT HAS
CHANGED MY LIFE IN OTHER WAYS.
go and fill up my four gallon water jugs at
the grocery store and have no triggers to
run and use the restroom.”
Additional benefits of the implants are that
they do not affect a digital rectal exam
they are placed on the front side of the
prostate, and the DRE is conducted on the
back side of the prostate. The use of this
treatment option lacks cutting and heating
of prostate tissue, making the UroLift
System the first and only BPH treatment
that does not remove prostate tissue or
negatively impact a man’s sexual function.