SLU Hospital among first to perform UroLift Procedure to treat BPH 

Non-invasive procedure to help problem affecting 50% of men over age 50

Urologists at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital are among the first in the region offering a new, minimally-invasive alternative to treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in a procedure called a prostatic urethral lift that relieves pressure on the prostate without cutting or removal of the prostate gland.

During the procedure, physicians use a system called UroLift–approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013–to implant what is similar to a small stent into the prostate. The device lifts and holds the enlarged tissue, relieving pressure on the urethra and allowing urine to flow.

The procedure was performed for the first time at SLU Hospital on September 6 by SLUCare urologists Sophia Ford-Glanton, MD, and Sameer Siddiqui, MD, using the UroLift system.

“It’s a quick, outpatient procedure allowing men to go home the same day with no catheter and no medications,” says Dr. Siddiqui. “This is a big advancement in treating BPH.”

BPH is one of the most common issues men face with aging. It’s estimated as many as 500 million men in the world have BPH, with more than 50 percent of men over age 50 affected. It can significantly impact quality of life with increased urinary frequency. Untreated, these problems may lead to incontinence, kidney damage, bladder damage, urinary tract infections, bladder stones or the inability to pass urine at all.

Aside from medications, which come with some side effects, the most common therapy used to treat BPH is a surgical procedure called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). However, that too can come with side effects like sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and retrograde ejaculation that many men prefer to avoid.
“Studies have shown the urethral lift offers no sexual side effects that can come with traditional therapies,” says Dr. Siddiqui.

For example, research published in the April 2014 issue of the British Journal of Urology found the prostatic urethral lift procedure “allows patients to quickly return to normal activity, provides rapid and durable improvement in symptoms, and preserves sexual function.”

For more information about a prostatic urethral lift or UroLift at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, call 314-577-8790.


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SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital is a 356-bed quaternary and tertiary hospital specializing in organ transplants and home of the Mid-America Stroke Network. A teaching hospital, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital is home to SLUCare physicians and students of Saint Louis University Medical School. An ACS Level I trauma center for both Missouri and Illinois, Saint Louis University Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and designated as a Primary Stroke Center.

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