Urolift®, a new minimally invasive treatment for patients with low urinary tract symptoms secondary to BPH. Preliminary results
Garrido Abad P, Coloma Del Peso A, SinuesOjas B, FernándezArjona M.Arch Esp Urol. 2013 Jul;66(6):584-591.

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Urology Department. Hospital del Henares. Coslada. Madrid. Spain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To report the preliminary results of one of the first series of patients treated with a new simple surgical technique for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and to evaluate its safety and feasibility.

METHODS:

We have performed a novel surgical treatment of BPH, the UroLift® System (Neotract, Inc). It opens the urethra directly by retracting the obstructing prostatic lobes without applying incisions, surgical resection or thermal injury to the prostate.

RESULTS:

The procedure was carried out in 20 patients with a mean age of 74.3 (43 hyphen;-90) years, with mean prostate volume of 42.6 mL (19 hyphen;109) using the same operative protocol in all case subjects. Mean operative time was 19.1 min (range: 12-45). International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) ) at 4 weeks reduced from 26.7 to 16.7 and peak urinary flow rate (Qmax) increased from 8.6 mL/s to 13.2 mL/s. No major complications were encountered, neither sexual dysfunction. Mean follow-up: 12.3 (2-22) months.

CONCLUSIONS:

The UroLift® System procedure appears to be safe and efficient at short term. This technique minimizes the bleeding of the urethra and, therefore, makes bladder catheter not always necessary, and can preserve sexual function with low morbidity. Further studies are warranted to determine long-term outcome.