UROLIFT UPDATE:

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My original post on Urolift was that it was a fail. I had the Urolift to relieve BPH retention that was supposedly causing recurring UTI's. I have had UTI's at a rate of 3 to 4 per year for the past 3 or 4 years (approx. every 3 to 4 months) 2 months post lift I had a UTI was treated with tetracycline, as almost all other antibiotics have been overused for the past 25 years. Anyway, after the UTI cleared my BPH symptoms have improved greatly. I' headed into my 4th month and am holding my breath. The URO says sometimes it take several months for the UL to heal completely and get on track. I have been to this guy 4 times since july and he did all the preliminary testing but has never request a psa or done a DRE. He says if I continue to have UTI's the "T" word is next...NO! NEVER, I said. So, he agreed to go back in and make sure nothing has moved, which has happened to a couple of his patients. (thru no fault of his, he said). He estimated my prostate size at 60 gm, when I asked how he came up with that number, he said, when he felt it. No DRE, how did he feel it. Should I continue to trust this guy, is this the "new wave" of urology?...Billy

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    Billy:

    If you don't feel comfortable with what s/he is telling you, get a 2nd opinion. It can't hurt. It's your body. You make the final decision.

    Regards,

    Raffie

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    Did you confront him on the dre? I would seek another uro. Cant hurt. Kinda seems maybe this guy is in it for the money only.

    Jim

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    Did you confront him on the dre? I would seek another uro. Cant hurt. Kinda seems maybe this guy is in it for the money only.

    Jim

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    Easy enough to do an ultrasound. Takes ten or fifteen minutes. Would have told him the approximate size of the prostate plus other valuable information. Is he tech-challenged? Sloppy, lazy, careless, or what?

    I recommend getting a second opinion from a uro who graduated from a respected medical school and residency program (check online).

    Good luck

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      Had numerous ultrasounds. My concern was, NO DRE and NO PSA. My previous 6 or 7 URO's did both twice per year. My Urolift appears to be working now, but I will know more within a month. If I stay infection free.

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    I was sent to the Idaho Urologic Institute; sounds prestigious doesn't it? I couldn't see the difference between it and any other small doctors office. My GP sent me there when he finally decided I needed more than antibiotics to clear a case of prostatitis, which I did have for awhile. The Uro clinic had two locations and 2 Urologists that I know of. If course I was sent to the B team I guess. Dr. Rice had a great reputation I was told, but he was too busy so I got Dr. Fredrickson. I didn't get much time to judge my Dr. there because he did a DRE and went over lab results and I was out of there. He gave me a DVD esplaining all the good things about Green Light surgery and a broshure about it and scheduled me for surgery in 3 weeks. I was to have a pre-op appointment in two weeks. I backed out of the pre-op as cic was working well for me and I wanted to investigate my options better. I've never had a cystoscopy or been told the size of my prostate. I don't believe they did and ultrasound either.

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    I would run from this guy. I thought you need a cytoscopy to know where the blockage is and exactly what's going on? someone correct me if I'm wrong. I'm still trying to get a uro to give me a cytoscopy. my last uro just wants to drill holes in my ass. biopsy biopsy that's all she wants to do.

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    Billy, He sounds like the uro that was going to do a urolift on me with one valium to calm me down, so I canceled it. I never got a PSA or a DRE either and was never told my prostate size.

    Lew

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