Urolift clips gone awry

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7 months after urolift, I started bleeding after work outs at the gym. I went to another urologist had a CT scan and cystoscopy. Everything looked okay except there was a clip near my abdomen, might have broke away and one clip went into the bladder wall, possibly the cause of the bleeding. It has developed a small stone, also two bleeding spots inside the bladder possibly caused by the clip poking through and pressing against the back of the bladder wall. So not a happy camper, I have to have a bladder biopsy of the bleeding spots, and a partial turp to remove the clip in the bladder wall. I am so not sold on this procedure, I wish I had learned more about it before having it. Turns out the other clips aren't really doing the job either.

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    Hi, Sorry to hear this, I had my Urolift over a year ago. It seemed good for about a year.. now pain in my bladder peeing every 2 hours. some blood in semen. I will get a CYSTO (the worst) . .. to see the next steps. Feels like something moved. I agree, this was not discussed before the proceedure. BEST of LUCK WITH the partial TURP!

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    Maybe a stupid question, since I'm not sure what a partial TURP is. But I'm wondering if it might not be worth it to just have the full TURP and then hopefully be done with the issue for around a decade or so. It sounds like a partial TURP might have the same recovery with a catheter as a full TURP, so.......

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    8 months after Urolift and I still have continual pain. Also had blood in my semen this month. Thinking that these clips can cause problems although urologist said they wouldn't.

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    Thanks for sharing Ben and sorry for your outcome. The benefits of Urolift has been far overblown on this forum, and at the same time, the risks have been understated. Things are now finally catching up. Let it be a warning for others that all procedures have risk. As far as TURP, it is too bloody and has long recovery time. If you can afford it, go for HoLEP.

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    My Urolift was a complete bust as I have a median lobe and when I had it done in 2015 it was not approved for or capable of handling median lobes. I'm currently looking at other procedures and there is differing opinions as to whether my exisiting Urolift clips (I think that I have 2) need to be removed because of the possibility that they might cause stones.

    I have seen a number of urologists over the past few years and none of them rave about the Urolift even tho they do them. I know it works well for some but my impression is that for many of us it over promised and under delivered. My recovery was also pretty intense, 6-8 weeks.

    Ben, sounds like your Urolift clips have gone rogue so they need to be addressed.

    Rob

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    i had urolift a couple of years ago as a "guaranteed" cure to my urine retention, allegedly caused by a small prostate obstructing the urethra. in short it didnt cure the problem, and neither did a subsequent bladder neck resection. HAVING RESORTED TO CIC for the past two years and after repeated uti's I had a cystoscopy this week and the urologist discovered a urolift clip exposed and sticking out in the bladder neck which is the likely culprit for the ongoing uti's I suffer from. Despite claims to the contrary on the urolift website I'm informed removal of the clip will require a 'radical resection' - not happy.

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    Sounds very similar only they caught mine a little earlier do to the bleeding. I am not finding any information about the clip removal process. The doc that did mine made it sound like it was no big deal to remove them but the doc I went to for the problem says it will take a mini turp. Ken gave me some hope that they can remove them without this so I'm going to try to get a second opinion.

    Good Luck ! I'm scheduled for a bladder biopsy and the clip removal at the end of June.

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    Sensible approach and good luck - it certainly sounds as though the suture securing your clips have snapped resulting in them being embedded in the bladder wall. I got the impression that mine was put in the wrong place (too far into the bladder neck).

    I'm also going to get a second opinion as I really want to avoid invasive surgery, particularly after the previous two surgeries were resounding failures and have had no positive impact on my condition, but have just resulted in more pain, misery and avoidable rounds of antibiotics.

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