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From a UK health article today
For an enlarged prostate, an extremely common condition that occurs with age, the standard last resort is surgery called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) to relieve symptoms such as problems passing urine.
While very effective, this operation can damage nerves and surrounding tissue, which may result in side-effects such as impotence and incontinence.
UroLift is a 25-minute technique that involves moving the enlarged prostate tissue aside rather than removing it. This tissue is anchored in position with tiny permanent implants to relieve pressure on the urethra and bladder.
The procedure has many benefits: a reduced hospital stay (patients can go home the same day compared with a two-night stay in hospital with traditional surgery), quicker recovery (one week compared with six) and fewer post-op complications, which the AAC calculates will save the NHS around £2 million a year in England alone.
However, 'it is not an equivalent procedure to TURP and many urologists are not keen on it', says Mr Barber. 'With TURP, there is a 100 per cent improvement in urine flow and a 70 per cent improvement in symptom scores; compared with 50 per cent for both with UroLift.
'But TURP comes with possible side-effects including sexual dysfunction. It's a balance between the level of improvement you are likely to get and protection against side-effects.
'But men need to be informed that there is another option.'
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