Urolift - Review

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Most of the Urolift reviews I see are posted on the Urolift website or on doctors websites where they can pick only the 5 star reviews. I think I was given an unrealistic expectation based on all the glowing reviews. I just had the procedure 3 days ago and am a bit worried that I'm much worse off than before the procedure I'm hoping for some big changes this week. The procedure was way more painful than what I was led to believe. Don't buy the "mildly uncomfortable" it was extremely painful, I thought I was going to pass out. What has me most concerned is that most people claim they can pee like a race horse right after and for me 3 days later, it is more difficult than ever to pee. I'll give it a week but right now, I'm concerned

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    you're right the online reviews for urolift are incredibly glowing. Especially if you check out Sunrise Urological in Arizona. I had resume almost 30 days ago and I'm barely getting back to my prior to procedure Baseline.

    please let us know how you do going forward and if things improve.

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    Sorry to hear your poor experience. Did you have it done under local in an office setting?

    I had it done about 18 months ago under iv

    sedation in a surgical out patient center. Didn't have any memory of the actual procedure . Annoying for a few days after with catheter and all but completely tolerable. Good urine flow immediately and somewhat less so 18

    months later but still pretty darned good

    compared to pre op. Hope it works out for you.

    Tom C

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    oh my...

    i had the rezum done two years ago.

    it dont help at all. i had to be put out to have it done so the dr tokd me i would also have to be put under to have the uriolif done also. he wanted to do lazor surgery on me. i was afraid that my sex life would be over??

    im 60 but still enjoy life and having sex!!

    therefore i opted for uniolift??

    i would like to talk to you if possible??

    heres my cell

    9126826600

    please text with with a time??

    thanks

    leon shelkoff

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      u are right that laser techniques such as greenlight and holep will give u retrograde ejaculation, but urolift will not. but it is a surgery, no one can rule out accidence nor could anyone give u 100% guarantee.

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      Did you already have urolift or are you planning on having it? If Rezume didn't work I would be reluctant to try another procedure without trying to understand what went wrong with the first one. Hopefully Rezume wasn't as painful.

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    I'm actually not sure I should be reading these threads as I go in on the19th October (Friday) for this procedure... it is being done under Local and IV sedation, so hopefully no pain during... I am really hoping for positive results afterwards...

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    I'm scheduled for this Thursday (10/18) I'll let you know how mine goes.

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    OK, you're in the recovery stage. Minimum physical activity for awhile. For me, it took a couple of weeks for things to ease up (I was not offered a catheter). I wore a pad (Depends Guard) on the way home (35-min drive) from the surgery site. Occasionally, I would use them on a long car trip or flight, but never really needed them.

    I am about 1.6 years after the surgery. My nighttime visits average about once a night. Stream most days is stronger. Some days night time visits can be 2-3 and the stream is weaker. Not perfect, but an improvement. And I am off the tamsulosin which interfered with my blood pressure medicine and reduced my endurance.

    My first BPH surgical procedure (needle ablation) lasted about 10 years. Will this be better? I hope so. But, I know one thing - there is no procedure that works with every man. I take comfort that our experiences will lead to better treatment for our sons and grandsons.

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    i had also considered urolift before, but had never read any literature that claimed pee like a race horse. the honor of this phrase is reserved for resective techniques such as turp or holep. they both hollow out the prostate and produced unimpeded flow. in comparison, urolift only moderately expand the prostatic urethra.

    it is well known the symptom relief from urolift is mild, for example, Qmax from 9 to 13mL/sec as opposed to >20 from holep. so don't expect u will become a race horse.

    the most important features for urolift , as u may know, are 100% preserving ur sexual function and the procedure can be undone by removing the implants.

    it may take many weeks to heal so i recommend not to worry and just enjoy the improvements which i am sure will soon come.

    there is a resident urolift expert, ken, if u have further questions, u could ask him.

    to all who are about to do urolift. believe in science, believe in clinical trial results. there is a 5 years clinical trial of urolift involving a large number of patients. the results look solid. from this study, u know exactly the rate of success, the complications, the durability, etc.

    i am going to have holep, which will give me dry orgasm for certainty, like 88%. urolift is the only technique that i know will preserve sexual function.

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      dl, you are right again ๐Ÿ˜€ about mild symptom relief in Urolift vs most other procedures. However, you are wrong about promoting Ken as the Urolift resident expert. I like Ken a lot but he should be disqualified because he is too biased against everything out there but Urolift.

      Also, one should know that Urolift success rate is only in the 60s so there is a good chance that you have no improvements after Urolift. Hank

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      thanks, hank!

      I indeed didn't know urolift only has a success rate of only 60%. I am shocked of such low rate!

      Readers who are thinking of doing urolift may want to know my reputable uro just told me that the reoperation rate for urolift is 33% within 3 years (or 5 years, my memory is vague.). Compare this to holep, which sure to give u RE, it is less than 5% within 10 years, over which period holep patients maintain the excellent functional outcomes produced by holep.

      But again, the ability of urolift to preserve ejaculation is unparallel, a champion in all BPH surgeries that are known to me. This is not hard to understand, urolift uses implants to pull open the prostatic urine channel, it does not cut away any tissues. thus sexual functions are all not disturded unless the nurve bundle is accidentally hit by or clamped under the implants.

      But if preserving sexual functions are definitely can not do without at any cost, there is no choice but to take the 60% sucess rate and 33% reoperation rate within 3 years and go for it and don't look back.

      As far as i know, u are doing the right thing.

      It does not take any wisdom to figure out that if the prostate continue to grow eventually the implants, when they are successful, will not be able to counter this growth and the urine channel will become narrower. But more and new implants can be put in to counter the growth. eventually the growth is just too much for the implants to resist. other type of procedure will have to be considered . but by then, it would have been several years after the initial implants. perhaps not having RE is no longer the sole objective.

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      Hey Hank. I was reading a article the other day. Urolift is at 78 % That was after the 5 year study. It all depends on what it is going against. You also have to make sure that the prostate is the problem. The Urolift does what it is suppose to do make a tunnel. It will open you up and take pressure of the bladder.

      I may be bias on the Urolift but that was for me. I picked it because I did not want any sexual problem and I did not want to lose my ejaculation. At 63 I am very happy with it. And after I had the Urolift it is more intense then it was when i was younger.

      All I try to do is get men to do there research on a procedure that they are going to have. There should not be any surprises after surgery. I have help men pick other procedure and have stuck by them and I was there for them to vent or anything they want to talk about

      We are all different and we all have our own concerns on life and the way we what to live them. Life is to short to give anything up just to pee better. As we get older there is enough that is taking away for us that we don't have any control over.

      Take care and have a great day Ken

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      Hey Ken, do you remember where you read the article that claimed 78 % success rate for Urolift ? It is very high? Being biased is part of human nature. Many people here have that. I am just trying to keep you on your toes. ๐Ÿ˜€ Keep up the good work, nevertheless. Hank

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      It's no problem. Going to have to look again. Most of the time I print it up Have 5 lose leave folder of procedure and meds. I think it was a trial against another procedure. I will let you know Have a great day Ken

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      Hi dl, below is a quote from a New York urology specialists office that actually do Urolift:

      "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."

      Urolift is great at sexual preservation, which is critical for playboys like Ken,๐Ÿ˜€ and it is a true minimal invasive procedure. However, one needs to know its weaknesses : mild symptoms improvements, lower success rate, and lower durability.

      Of course, if it does not have those weaknesses, all the other procedures would be out of business. Keep up the good work ! Hank

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      Oh, no! ALL of us have been mislead by Ken! No way will trust Ken again!

      Ken๏ผš don't worry, just kidding. i trust u, u are one of the most helpful people if not the most helpful person in this forum.

      Hank: thanks for the info. the numbers for urolift are worse than what i posted. it does seem like a short term fix (no intention to offense u, ken.).

      i don't mean to offense anyone. it is mainly due to my ignorance and being uninformed. it seems that upon closer examination, both PAE and urolift have their weaknesses. these weaknesses are not commonly known to the public. perhaps no one will agree with me.

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      hello tom,

      recent clinical trial results have showed that erectile dysfunction after PAE could be as high as fifty odd percent. there is a member Gene who is the most knowledgeble person on PAE as well as he had PAE done begote and i have not had PAE.

      u can read gene's posts on PAE on the thread, my terrible PAE experience.

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      It's no problem. All procedure have there good and bad. Not just Urolift and PAE. All of us on here have different concerns on what we are looking for. It gives us options.

      Like you said before we have to make a list of what we what from a procedure. For myself all I needed was the Urolift. It did what it was suppose to do and what I was looking for.

      There have been a lot of men that went for a procedure and thought it was going to be the only one. And they ended up having a Turp and 2 Laser procedure or 2 FLA and so one. Also the Rezum procedure. Men have gone for that because they did not what to have major surgery. But I know of 5 men that it did so much damage that they ended up having a Turp to clean up the mess.

      Some men can have one and be done with it but then there are others that there prostate just grows and grows or they get a procedure that there prostate was not the problem.

      I for one can not see going for a procedure that they just keep cutting and cutting. For me If I have a problem in a few years. I would be happy to go and have another couple of clips put in and give me another 4 years. But that is my choice.

      It is good to do your research on a procedure that we are looking into. Urolift we know that it does not help if you are in retention. I new that a few years ago when I asked my doctor when I was helping Frank. He is still doing CIC going on 2 years I think. He's 89 and did not want to have surgery where they only gave him a 50- 50 chance of any procedure working so why have it..

      Life for us men are not just cut and try and we don't have a fit's all. I wish we did. But we do what we feel is right for us and we move on.

      I for one do not take a fence with anything that anyone says. We are all on here to try to help our fellow men with there problem. I am happy that we have site like this now. Years ago you have no one to talk to or fine out anything if your doctor just run you through.

      I know I have talked about my doctor. I was glad I found him. He will answer any question I have or ask him if one of the guy's wants to know anything. He is very young and know a lot for is age. He will not push a procedure. It is up to you. He wants to know your concerns If you ask him about a pill he will tell you what he knows and if not he will have the nurse print up the information for you

      Well that all I have to say for not. Have to do more reading before my son comes home. I wish you all good health and a long life God Bless Ken

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      dl,

      I had a PAE 14 months ago. My equipment still works, but, my erections aren't as strong, so perhaps there is some amount of ED. There really isn't any one procedure that doesn't have some unwanted side effect. I just find it frustrating that in this day and age of "modern" science we can't figure out why the prostate grows and we can't come up a pill that effectively reverses the process without major side effects. Yes, I know about avodart and finasteride but just look at the list of potential bad side effects.

      Tom

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      Yes Tom I wish they would fine out why. It would save us a lot of problems. I did read something about it. The doctor said that it has something to do with a hormone that is in our body. He said that when a male start puberty there is a hormone that starts the prostate to grow and then shuts off when it get to normal size.

      But then when we get to 40 this hormone starts up again and keeps going. It will stop on some men but will not stop on others. I hope they continue with the research. Take care Ken

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      i agree that there is not a procedure that has no side effect. we all need to pick one that fits our objective. u are quite sure ED is due to PAE?

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      It also doesn't always work. I had a PAE in 2015, and had no symptom improvement. A lot of things can go wrong in this procedure. In my case, the IR was only able to get to one side. I did not want to spend another $7000 for him to attempt the other side.

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      i beleive that u made a good decision. since sexual dysfunction rate in PAE could be as high as 56%, there is 1 in 2 chance one will get it. I suspect the cause could be due to nerve damage when blood is blocked in vessels or by the procedure. not sure if u agree.

      once the nerve which controls a specific sexual function is damaged, it could not be reversed. Gene who has extensive knowledge about PAE may know the real cause. he also said that there is a new PAE called perfect PAE, which i don't understand and which may offer better result.

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      dl,

      Before the PAE I was able to get erections that were hard. Then, I noticed that after, they were soft. I had read everything I could about the PAE procedure prior to treatment and was on this forum a lot. ED never came up as a possible side effect, ever. It's possible that the same action that shrinks the prostate (cutting off blood flow) also cuts off blood supply to the nerves that cause erections. I say possible, because this is a guess on my part.

      Tom

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      tom, very sorry to hear about ur situation. we all try to do research before the surgery, but is never enough and we always missed some key info we came to regret. u are not alone, it happen to all of us.

      if u still interested in finding out more , i just posted some research results on the thread "SIMPLE ROBOTIC PROSTATECTOMY".

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