Clips for urolift

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Can the clips from a failed urolift be removed ?

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    Yes, my urologist removed all except one clip during Greenlight surgery.

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    I believe it depends.

    I have 9 clips put in after two urolift operations some years ago, but they were not visible during a recently cystoscopy. I believe that they have been 'overgrown'

    The surgeon has always maintained that their continued presence is no issue (I hope he is correct!)

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      My thought on Urolift is that it is a temporary solution that tucks the prostate to one side to take the pressure of your urethra but it continues to grow leaving a problem for the future.

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    I had an unsuccessful urolift with 5 clips about a year ago. It left me worse than before the procedure, and in a lot of pain. I speculate that the urologist put one or more of the clips through a nerve bundle. I had a PAE a month ago, and have yet to have much relief from it, other than the urolift pain disappeared as soon as I came out of the recovery room. I still have the clips, and I think I still get occasional pain from them. My next move, if needed, will probably be greenlight, but hopefully that is two or three years away. I know that TURP removes the clips, and so does greenlight and HOLEP.

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    I had a Urolift back in March and it has not helped so I asked my Urologist if he could remove them. They can but they have to justify it with the Insurance by preforming another procedure like a TURP. He also said that after some time the prostate would grow over the clips in the Urethra and it would make it difficult to remove them. Of course the Anchors out in the prostate cannot be removed without surgery.

    I have gone back on drugs for my bladder and prostate and doing fine. I am taking Mybetqric and Tamsolusin (Flomax) every other day to prevent RE.

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    I had a Urolift back in March and it has not helped so I asked my Urologist if he could remove them. They can but they have to justify it with the Insurance by preforming another procedure like a TURP. He also said that after some time the prostate would grow over the clips in the Urethra and it would make it difficult to remove them. Of course the Anchors out in the prostate cannot be removed without surgery.

    I have gone back on drugs for my bladder and prostate and doing fine. I am taking Mybetqric and Tamsolusin (Flomax) every other day to prevent RE.

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    Short answer.... Yes, but only with Extensive Surgery to get "All" of the Clips.

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    Long answer... The Doctors will say yes or no, depending on how you ask the question. My first Urologist explained it the Best. He said: The clips left on the inside of the Urethra , can be easily removed either during the initial installation or subsequently; in cases where they "Mis-Fire" or accidentally over lap an area, or change their mind for other reasons. However the clips that go all the way through the Prostate (or other internal items), necessarily have to be removed only with extensive internal surgery.

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      My Urologist said he could remove the Urethra clips before the procedure was done and later said a procedure like TURP would have to be done to remove them. I guess they do not want to scare you or loose business by telling you everything about removing them. Another one of the reasons for removing them would be if it penetrated the bladder. I wish I had found this forum before my Urolift and maybe I would not have had it done.

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    I'm having a TURP on 11/1 and the urologist said that she would be slicing through the clips while doing the procedure. I think that I only have 2 or 3 clips and she said that she wasn't going to be going looking for them but that in the normal course of the TURP she would invariably cut through them. My understanding is that the one side of the clip that is anchored into the prostate capsule cannot be removed without a more extensive procedure so that when the clip is sliced that what you end up with is the anchor in the prostate capsule attached but the anchored piece attached to the urethra side is gone so it is kind of like a little piece of loose fishing line . I would love to have all the clips removed, anchors and all, but every urologist that I have spoken to says that is more trouble than it is worth.

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