Urolift.

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After being on Tamsulosin for over five years now, together with Finasteride for the last 3, I am finally scheduled to have the Urolift procedure on Wednesday 8th August.

I am, of course, hoping that, following the procedure, I can cease all drugs relating to  BPH symptoms and that I will, at last, feel 'normal' again.

I should like to thank all of you with whom I have exchanged messages with on this forum, and also others whose messages I have merely read, for the advice and insight you have given me regarding this, what can be, a distressing affliction.

Thanks again all.

Very best wishes,

Steve.

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    Good luck Steve you won't regret it, I had the procedure 8weeks ago, and it has got my life back on track, still able to be sexual active, and producing semon like a young man.

    Erection all back to normal with the help of Viagra, no more tamoloosin,

    Keep in touch, nothing to worry about .

    John

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    I ceased taking BPH meds after my Urolift in Dec 2015, as suggested by Uro-doc.  Intuition said, "Keep taking 'em," but I didn't like side effects, so I was glad to be off them.  Three months later, my (38gm) prostate shut down my urethra again.

    I don't know what this means for you; I'm just sharing my experience...

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    Good luck Stephen.  I had my Urolift done over 3 years ago.  Was not on any pill after.  Just relax and listen to your doctor Take care  Kenv
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    Before I had the Urolift in Feb 2017, I had the discussion with the Urologist on why I needed to drop tamsulosin after taking it for 8 months.  He agreed with my decision to drop the Tamsulosin when I had the procedure.  For me, it was the right decision.  Should you stop taking immediately or wait and see - that's between you and your doctor.  Good luck.

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    Stephen, I had Urolift done around 2 years ago with results that now leave me slowly peeing once again. Can't say it was as successful as I had hoped. I am in the process of considering REZUM next. One thing that bothered me was the reality of knowing that Urolift does nothing to slow the growth of the prostate. At that time I felt it was the best thing for me to try (hadn't heard of PAE, FLA or REZUM). The pins are permanent I am told and it makes me wonder what will happen if I have REZUM done with pins still in my urethra. What a mess. I am only expressing what happened to me. I have also heard of some fella's who were very pleased with their Urolift procedure. I will leave you with only one piece of advice. Consider going home with a catheter in place. I did pee after my Urolift procedure but after being sent home I found 3 hours later I COULD NOT PEE AT ALL!!!! Man, there is nothing as horrific as needing to pee and you can't. I was like an animal pacing the Emergency Room waiting area, broken out in cold sweats ready to explode inside. It was a terrible ordeal. I hope your procedure goes well with you with smooth sailing. Ahh to pee once again, what a great feeling indeed! 

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      Peter that is very good advice I learned that before I had mine done.  Had a catheter for 3 day after that I was good to go.  31/2 year later still wide open.  May have some other problems but the prostate is fine.  There is no procedure that will stop the prostate from growing.  Some men worst then others.  Have you looked into maybe having a few more clips put in.  It may be all you need.   Good luck Ken
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      Well, we share some experiences and not others.  When my procedure was finished, I jumped off the table, yelled for a bedpan and peed like a 16-year-old!  No need for a catheter, neither then nor during the healing process.  I only went back to cathing (CIC) tree months later, when the urethra got scrunched by the growing prostate.
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    I turned down the Urolift for leakage problems after, am going the roto router route. Best Wishes  Richard
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      Richard I have been reading your reply and I am trying to figure it out.  Did you have a Urolift all ready or you were going to have it.  You said because of leakage.  Are you sure it's your prostate because if you are having a problem with leakage it would be a underline problem with the bladder.  And you say that your going roto router route.  You will have the same problem.  Roto router will do the same thing make a tunnel.  Please make sure before you do anything,  Have a good day  Ken  

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      I presume you mean a TURP. All my 'research' into different surgical treatments led me to believe that Urolift was the LEAST likely to cause incontinence (leakage) that is why I opted for it along with the shorter recovery time. From all the comments on this site I think most think that a TURP should only be done as a 'last resort'.  

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      Richard, you will do what you will do.  If you go for the TURP, I wish you the best of luck.  From everything shared on this forum over the past 4 years I've been reading, it strikes me as foolhardy.  There have been those who've had success with that treatment.  That said, we have had SO many threads that start out, " Before I had the TURP, I thought it would fix things..."  or words to that effect, followed by this or that disaster.  Go luck, whatever your final choice.

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    Urolift was planned. Too many reports of leakage after urolift caused me to cancel. Thanks for contact. RW
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      Richard, I got this from New York Urology Specialists web site:

      "Urolift is effective to 60-90% of patients. However, 10% of patients require a different surgical procedure within 3 years of treatment with Urolift. Another 30% of patients either resume or start medications for enlarged prostate after treatment with Urolift."

      Where did find the reports on leakage from Urolift ? Hank

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      Richard It's me again.  I just went on the internet and saw nothing about leakage after a Urolift.  I even put that in.  I came up with patients saying that there leakage was cured after they had the Urolift and other patients said no more incontinence after Urolift.  I have a couple of the trail and it tell you nothing about leakage.  It will make a tunnel just like the others procedure but with the other procedure they cut a tunnel out from the bladder neck and that will cause you to have leakage.  Please look into it before you have anything cut And give it a chance. You can all way do something after if you are not happy   Ken  

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      Richard, even though my Urolift has not been as successful as I hoped I never had (or heard of) leakage from Urolift. If anything TURP would cause me concern of incontinence possibly. The only leakage I had with Urolift was a small degree of blood and urine seepage around the catheter for a week after surgery. It will quickly subside as the internal swelling diminishes. Best of success to you in your search for answers.
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      Again, I got this from New York Urology Specialists web site:

      about 1% of Urolift patients experienced post-op side effects include urge incontinence (leakage), .... This usually last for 1 to 2 weeks.....

      I don't see 1 to 2 weeks is a major problem. Hank

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      It is not a problem because it does not happen that much.  I never had that problem.  I ware a pad the first day after the catheter came out but never had a problem.  Going on 4 year   Ken 
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