Intra-prostatic UroLift(®) implants for benign prostatic hyperplasia: Preliminary results of the four first cases performed in France
Delongchamps NB, Conquy S, Defontaines J, Zerbib M, Peyromaure M. Prog Urol. 2012 Sep;22(10):590-7. Epub 2012 Jun 14.

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Service d'urologie, université Paris Descartes, hôpital Cochin, 27, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Jacques, 75014 Paris, France.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the feasibility, tolerance and short-term efficacy of intra-prostatic UroLift(®) implants in four patients with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia.

PATIENTS AND METHOD:

Four patients with symptomatic BPH, already treated with alpha-blockers, were consecutively treated with intra-prostatic UroLift(®) implants under general anaesthesia. A bladder catheter was placed postoperatively. Alpha-blocker therapy was withdrawn 7 days postoperatively. The clinical and morphological characteristics of the patients were noted. Low urinary tract (IPSS) and sexual symptoms (IIEF5, MSHQ-EjD), maximum urinary flow rate and post voiding residual volume were evaluated preoperatively and at 1 month.

RESULTS:

Median age was of 69 [52-74] years old and median prostatic volume of 50cm(3) [40-80]. Median procedure time was of 11minutes [6-15]. Intra- and postoperative outcomes were uneventful. At 1 month, the mean IPSS and IPSS-QOL improvement were of 46 % and 58 %, respectively. One patient reported no improvement in his urinary and sexual symptoms. In the other three patients, the maximum urinary flow rate was improved, the post voiding residual improved in two patients and similar in one. No alteration in erection or ejaculation functions was reported.

CONCLUSIONS:

In our initial experience, intra-prostatic UroLift(®) implant procedure seemed feasible, efficacious for LUTS and well tolerated, especially concerning sexual outcomes. Further study of the UroLift(®) implant in France is currently being planned.