Difficulty urinating. A sudden, overwhelming need to find a bathroom. Frequent
nighttime trips to the toilet. It’s a list of symptoms that men
with an enlarged prostate are all-too-familiar with — symptoms that
limited and significantly impacted George Jacob’s life.
For the active 69-year-old La Habra resident, not knowing when driving
to the grocery store might end in an embarrassing accident was intolerable.
“Between not being able to sleep well at night and worrying about
what might happen when you go somewhere, the symptoms take too much away
from your life,” explains the retired warehouse manager, who spent
years taking medications to resolve his symptoms without success.
Alan Weinberg, MD, FACS, a board-certified urologist at
St. Jude Medical Center, suggested a simple new outpatient procedure called UroLift. The day after
the 20-minute procedure, George’s symptoms were gone. “The
recovery was incredible,” the grandfather of two explains. “The
improvement in my quality of life was immediate.”
Urologists at St. Jude Medical Center are among the first in the region
to offer UroLift, a minimally-invasive treatment to correct one of the
most common issues men face with aging: low or blocked urine flow due
to an enlarged prostate. By pulling back the prostate tissue that is pressing
on the urethra with tiny permanent stents (much like curtain tie-backs),
UroLift offers a highly effective solution that avoids the side effects
of other treatment options and preserves sexual function.
More than half of all men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent of men
in their 70s and 80s have symptoms of an enlarged prostate — also
known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — which often includes
frequent urination with hesitant or interrupted stream as well as urinary
urgency or leaking.
“For men who want to avoid surgery or a lifetime of medications,
UroLift is an important breakthrough,” explains Dr. Weinberg, who
hopes it encourages more men to discuss their symptoms with a doctor.
“Men often blame urinary problems on aging and don’t seek help,
while others consider treatment, but reject it out of concern over side
effects such as sexual dysfunction or incontinence,” the highly
respected specialist in urinary and prostate issues explains. “UroLift
offers a safe and successful solution, minus the side effects.”
Now able to travel without fear of an accident or other symptoms, George
and his wife recently got back from an 11-day trip to Norway — a
trip that wouldn’t have been possible before. “Being able
to once again make plans and do things without any apprehension or concern
is a wonderful gift,” he explains.
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