The Prostatic Urethral Lift Method: A New Minimally Invasive Modality as an Alternative in the Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia


  • Alpaslan Yüksel
  • Ali Tekin

Received Date: 21.12.2015 Accepted Date: 30.12.2015 Bull Urooncol 2016;15(3):119-122

Improvements in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is the most common cause of lower urinary tract symptoms in aging males, are proceeding progressively. The prostatic urethral lift procedure offers a novel treatment option for men with lower urinary tract obstructive symptoms due to BPH. The prostatic urethral lift can be performed under general, regional and local anesthesia. The procedure shows its effect by retracting the obstructing lobes of the prostate through the capsule to provide a sufficient prostatic urethral opening. It is important to offer an alternative option to the patients who feel anxiety about sexual function loss and complications of the procedure. However, short follow-up period, necessity of suitable conditions, such as lack of median lobe or unremarkable post-voiding residual urine, and lack of cost-effectiveness analysis of the procedure are the limitations of this method. In this review, symptomatic, functional, and sexual outcomes following the prostatic urethral lift procedure were assessed.

Keywords: Prostatic urethral lift, benign prostatic hyperplasia, minimally invasive therapy

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